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New guidance notes on ballast-water systems

London: Classification society Lloyd's Register has issued new guidance notes to help shipowners and operators who are preparing to install ballast-water treatment systems on their ships, offering advice on the procurement, installation and operation of the treatment systems entering the market.
 
The new guidance, developed to complement the Lloyd's Register Ballast Water Treatment Technology Guide, reflects the current status of regulations proposed by the IMO and provides owners with recommendations that will help them to prepare their ships, ensuring they remain compliant.
 
"The need to reduce the international merchant fleet's carbon emissions may have captured all the headlines recently, but the shipping community knows that finding effective solutions for ballast-water management is just as big an environmental challenge for the industry," said Dr Anne Marie Warris, Environmental Advisor to the Lloyd's Register Group. "With the ballast-water convention awaiting ratification, shipowners and managers are working hard to determine the consequences for their ships - including the associated costs - and whether the skills of their crews will need to be upgraded to effectively and safely operate any new equipment and technology."
 
Lloyd's Register's National Ballast Water Management Requirements guide can be found at: http://www.lr.org/sectors/marine/documents/175149-national-ballast-water-management-requirements.aspx .  [08/10/10]

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