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Japanese classification society ClassNK is advising owners to fit ballast water management systems (BWMS) well ahead of time as it sees a large spike in retrofit numbers in 2022.

In the largest ballast water management systems (BWMS) retrofitting order to date NYK has contracted Chinese manufacturer Sunrui for 89 vessels.

Following closely on the heels of its Korean rivals, Wärtsilä is the latest to announce that its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed all testing procedures required for United States Coastguard (USCG) type approval compliance.

The Korean Register (KR) has announced that two Korean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) makers, Samsung Heavy Industries and Techcross have successfully achieved USCG (United States Coast Guard) type approval for their systems.

Safe Bulkers is to equip its entire fleet of 38 vessels with the Erma First Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).

The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) enters into force today, bringing to final end years of uncertainty.

A survey of owners and operators that have fitted ballast water management systems (BWMS) by classification society ABS found that some 43% were considered “inoperable” or “problematic”.

Finland’s marine equipment manufacturer Wartsila is poised to ramp up the capacity of its annual production of ballast water management systems (BWMS) at its China facility in Suzhou, in anticipation of increased demand ahead of the IMO regulation.

Wärtsilä is gaining traction for its ballast water management systems in China, announcing it has signed a manufacturing license agreement with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) unit Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) chairman Masamichi Morooka stressed the dangers of regional regulation during an address to the Singapore Shipping Association today.

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