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Possible deadline extension?

Implementation of ballast water management convention faces delay

The ballast water management convention originally due to come into effect this September could be pushed back to September 2019. This extension has been requested by Brazil, Cook Islands, India, Liberia, Norway, and the UK. The flag states have submitted a document for discussion at MEPC 71 this July.

Additionally, the paper suggests scrapping plans to align compliance dates for the installation of equipment on vessels to their International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) certificate renewal. Should this proposal go through, it would allow shipping companies to retrofit equipment up until 2024.

Both ballast water management consultant Jad Mouawad and invasive species consultant Dr. Rob Hilliard expect the document to receive approval. The aforementioned flag states believe the extension would help manufacturers, shipyards, and classification societies prepare for the convention’s introduction.

Stay tuned to Engineering at Sea for the latest.

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