With all the focus on complying with the 2020 sulphur cap the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention) has slipped off the agenda with the need to comply seemingly an accepted fact whatever the individual’s view on how the regulation has been executed.

Outgoing Intercargo chairman John Platsidakis took a number of swipes at regulators during his farewell speech at the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners’ agm in London this week.

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.

Ardmore Shipping is to fit Optimarin ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to 18 tankers in its fleet, noting operational problems it has had 10 “alternate” systems it has installed.

France’s BIO-UV Group reports that it has successfully installed and commissioned its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system ton CMA CGM’s new flagship, the 20,600 teu CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupéry delivered by Hanjin Heavy Industries yard in the Philippines earlier this year.

Torm has inked an agreement with Alfa Laval to fit ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) across its product tanker fleet.

Early adopters of ballast water treatment systems continue to experience operational problems, delegates heard at the gmec (global marine environmental congress) organised by SMM in co-operation with Seatrade in Hamburg this week.

Alfa Laval has added a fifth system to its PureBallast 3 range of ballast water management systems that has a large flow rate of 1,500 m3/h.

BIO-UV Group, the France-based manufacturer of the fully type-approved BIO-SEA ballast water management system, has appointed Steven Matthew to head up the company’s new sales office in Hong Kong.

At time when environmental regulations are to the fore in shipping with ballast water management the sulphur cap and greenhouse gas GHG) emissions the IMO's Tian-Bing Huang, deputy director for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization will be presenting the keynote speech at the opening of Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec) at SMM.

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