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Indonesia has today become the latest country to ratify the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, potentially triggering entry into force of the new regulation in 12 months’ time from today.

Speaking at the ICS International Shipping Conference, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu today repeasted his call for the ICS and the shipping industry in general to encourage ratification of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

The influential Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC) has attacked the plague “of new laws and legislation that, whilst well-meaning, do not actually better the lot of the seafarer, the environment or the shipping industry in general”.

British company Coldharbour will be exhibiting their unique inert-gas ballast water management system, which thanks to its lack of filtration and complete independence of ballast pumps or lines is immune to many of the problems associated with ballast including pump flow rates, pressure losses and power shortages.

The proven capabilities of Alfa Laval PureBallast – which include operation in fresh, brackish or marine water and in low-clarity water with just 42% UV transmittance – are now available to significantly smaller vessels. Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment technology, which was submitted for USCG approval in March 2015, can now be used in systems for flows of 87 m3/h.

It is tough being green, because you get precious little thanks for your effort and endless demands to be even greener, from all the self-serving environmental groups that snipe from the sidelines.

IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu says he is deeply concerned over the “disappointingly slow” rate of ratifications for the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.


Fednav Limited, the largest Canadian operator of international ships in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, today announced an order for 12 ballast water treatment systems to equip its ships currently under construction. This makes Fednav the first shipping company in Canada and the Great Lakes to announce the installation of ballast water treatment systems, well before the regulatoryrequirement.

"Our company is committed to stimulating trade and enhancing Canada’s economy whileprotecting the Great Lakes against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasivespecies,” said Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “After extensiveanalysis and testing, we are confident that the technology we are choosing is anaffordable and effective means to ensure that Canada meets its ballast waterrequirements. We are proud to be leading the way, along with government and industrypartners, in establishing a level playing field for the Canadian, US, and internationalfleets to operate together in the Great Lakes region.”

Developed by JFE Engineering Corporation, Japan, the BallastAce system will beinstalled on Fednav’s new lakers and will be effective in both fresh and salt water.BallastAce operates through a sophisticated filter and sodium hypochlorite injectionmechanism in the ship's ballast system.

Fednav chose this solution after years of testing. From the Federal Yukon (copper ions)to the Federal Welland (electrodialytic disinfectant) to the Federal Venture (chlorination),the company has spent millions of dollars over many years to find a reliable, effective,and economical solution to the environmental problems caused by aquatic invasivespecies.

The contract with JFE commits Fednav to install BallastAce systems in its 12 lakersunder construction at Oshima shipyard in Japan. JFE will install its first system in theFederal Biscay, delivering in October 2015. Consequently, Fednav may well be able tointroduce BallastAce to the Great Lakes at the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in2016. With Fednav’s encouragement, AMS-approved BallastAce is now pursuing full USCoast Guard type approval for freshwater and saltwater certification at the GSI andMERC test facilities in Superior, WI, and Baltimore, MD.The IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, of which Canada is a signatory, willmost likely enter into force in 2016, the year the US Coast Guard and EPA require theinstallation of systems on ships trading in US waters.

At a summit on ballast water management last week in Athens the discussions can be summed up in four words, "certainty, challenge, cost, confusion".

Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin of Norway and ship engineering and installations firm Goltens have signed a non-exclusive worldwide agreement covering the retrofitting of Optimarin’s Ballast System (OBS).

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