IMO may postpone ballast water rules
The participants in a committee meeting this week in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) strongly committed to giving shipowners more time to comply with the Ballast Water Convention. It is suggested that the shipowners have until September 2019 before considering the installation of the equipment.
As things are right now, the owners are required to install ballast water treatment systems, which can cost over one million USD at the first legally-specific shipyard visit after September this year. Because this is too fast for many owners, there was strong support for a Norwegian proposal that the owners be allowed to extend the deadline by a two-year period.
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