The Ballast Water Management Convention comes into force in September 2017 and poses a real challenge to shipowners with additional costs and maintenance programmes needed to effectively use the new required water ballast equipment.
The ecological concerns surrounding the collection, use and eventual release of ballast water across the globe has environmental ramifications. To quote the International Maritime Organsiation: “While ballast water is essential for safe and efficient modern shipping operations, it may pose serious ecological, economic and health problems due to the multitude of marine species carried in ships’ ballast water. These include bacteria, microbes, small invertebrates, eggs, cysts and larvae of various species. The transferred species may survive to establish a reproductive population in the host environment, becoming invasive, out-competing native species and multiplying into pest proportions.”
If you are in the maritime sector then maybe this is the ideal time to tell people what you are doing, what you offer and why they need to talk to you about water ballast equipment. We are working with the maritime media on these issues and if you are looking for a white paper or media coverage – then talk to us.