With an entry-into-force date of 8 September 2017 now set for IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, many owners and operators will be making important decisions about ballast water treatment when this conference takes place in late April.
Shipbroker Gibson has even suggested that one decision for owners is whether to keep their ships in service. “The requirement for vessels to fit a BWMS at their next drydocking after September 2017 will create an additional and significant cost that will need to be recouped in the market.” Along with the cost of complying with other upcoming regulations, “This … may force many owners down the scrapping route,” it said in a recent note.
To help inform these decisions, the conference programme is being developed based on detailed discussions with many shipowners and others involved in deciding ballast water management strategy.
It will provide a comprehensive update on regulations, technology and management strategies dealing with cost and compliance. Key industry bodies will share their latest initiatives and best practice guidelines and leading technology companies will present their latest solutions.
Together, they will address a number of key issues, enabling delegates to learn:
- How to ensure compliance with IMO and USCG regulations
- How to deal with port state control
- Which type-approved BWM solutions are right for their fleets
- What factors to consider when developing retrofit and newbuild strategies
The conference will also hear expert discussion on:
- Technology financing options
- Case studies of user experiences with different ballast treatment solutions
- The latest approved BWM solutions
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