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.
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