Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

July 9, 2007

LR releases ballast water treatment guide

Lloyd's Register has today released a new Guide to Ballast Water Treatment Technology.

It is the result of work conducted by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, U.K. on behalf of Lloyd's Register and provides an independent and impartial description and appraisal of commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatment.

The treatment of ballast water is one of the biggest environmental and operational challenges facing the marine industry.

The International Convention for The Control of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments will require certain ship types to use treatment systems from January 1, 2009.

Dr. Gillian Reynolds, Environmental Manager in the Research and Development Department at Lloyd's Register, introduced the guide at an IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) seminar today.

"The Guide to Ballast Water Treatment Technology is intended to support both ship operators and regulators in helping them to understand the availability and development of commercial solutions and the technologies involved," she said. "An immediate concern is whether approved ballast water treatment systems will be commercially available to meet the first deadline. This new guide--the first of its kind--provides the industry with a practical insight into the efficacy, technical and economic viability, and testing and approval status of ballast water treatment solutions."

It is envisaged that the Guide will be updated in 2008.