Tough times lie ahead for ballast water management system (BWMS) makers “if regulatory enforcement doesn’t pick up,” predicted Hyde Marine senior market manager Mark Riggio.
Commenting on IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention entering into force, he responded to a question asking if the company would be marking the day, saying “we did have a big plan, but we scrapped it because there’s just too much uncertainty.” After 13 years of preparation, he said, “it’s going to be a bit of a yawner.”
Alfa Laval’s vice president responsible for its PureBallast business, Anders Lindmark, said this was “an important day, since it has an impact on our customers.” The manufacturer circulated a note to its customers today reminding them that they must have a ballast water management plan, regardless of their compliance method. “This will ensure that you can meet the reporting requirements of port state authorities,” its note said.
It also summed up the convention’s requirements, saying that if a vessel does not have a ballast water treatment system installed, it must now perform ballast water exchange. “No ballast water treatment system = ballast water exchange,” it said.
It also circulated a white paper discussing filter clogging in muddy waters. “With the implementation of ballast water treatment regulations … many of the treatment systems installed over the past 10 years are being put into regular use,” the paper noted. “As a result, practical challenges that may not have been evident previously are coming to light.”
Tests it has carried out with its PureBallast 3.1 BWMS and Filtrex filters “make clear the importance of filter selection when choosing a ballast water treatment system,” its paper said.