Operational issues with many installed ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) have been highlighted by both Intertanko and ABS, but is it all the fault of the manufacturers?

As ballast water management regulations shift towards enforcement shipowners are finding that the majority of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) installed do not function properly.

Paolo d’Amico, md of d'Amico Societá di Navigazione SpA, has been elected new chairman of Intertanko (the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners), succeeding Dr Nikolas Tsakos who completed four years in the role.

The arrival of the global sulphur limit in 2020 will pose multiple challenges to ship operators, Lloyd’s Register principal consultant on fuels Tim Wilson told a Maritime Future Leaders seminar organised by Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, held at the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai this week.

Scorpio Bulkers has described industry organisations and some large flag states “apologists” for small undercapitalized shipowners as they seek an experience building phase for the 2020 0.5% global sulphur cap.

The IMO's 0.5% sulphur cap that comes into force on 1 January 2020 and how to comply with it are the hottest topics in the shipping industry today.

A critical review by Intertanko of the damage caused to hundreds of ships through contaminated bunkers supplied over the past five months, has slammed the inaction by government authorities on the issue and demanded that fuel blenders and suppliers be required to fully warrant the quality of their fuels.

The main shipping industry trade organisations say International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states “must make” progress on key issues related to the 2020 sulphur cap.

With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting the week of the 9th of July to discuss the implementation the low sulphur regulation for ships from 1 January 2020, Panama in conjunction with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Bimco, Intergcargo, Intertanko and the World Shipping Council (WSC) are proposing a package of measures to ensure adequate conditions for a seamless transition. 

The Posidonia 2018 conference and seminar programme have a truly international flavour being organised by companies and organisations from around the world from Brazil to France, Norway, Panama to Poland, from Mexico to Korea and Japan and from South Africa to the UK and of course Greece.

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