• 2017 June 19 15:45

    IMO needs to finalise Ballast Water implementation dates - ICS

    The global shipping industry – as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – has urged its global regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to back a carefully crafted proposal, from a broad coalition of governments, concerning the implementation dates for installing complicated new ballast water treatment systems, ICS said in its press release.

    “If this pragmatic proposal is agreed, this would allow shipping companies to identify and invest in far more robust technology to the benefit of the marine environment” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.

    ICS says that this IMO decision on dates, to be taken by a meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee during the first week of July – just two months before the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017 – will be critical, having significant implications for around 40,000 existing ships.

    The BWM Convention, as currently drafted, requires existing ships to retrofit the complex new systems by their first International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) survey following the global entry into force of the new regulations.

    Under a proposal by Brazil, Cook Islands, India, Norway, Liberia and United Kingdom, implementation would be delayed for existing ships by pushing back the date they are required to start fitting ballast water management systems by a further two years to the date of their first IOPP renewal survey on or after 8 September 2019. This would extend the date by which all ships must have installed a system to 2024 from 2022.

    This proposal is fully supported by ICS and its member national shipowners’ associations.

    ICS insists there is no logic, from an environmental protection standpoint, in requiring thousands of ships in the existing fleet to comply until they can be fitted with systems that have been approved under the more stringent type-approval standards which were only adopted by IMO in 2016 (and which are about to be included in what will soon become a mandatory Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems).

    ICS notes that these more environmentally robust standards will not become mandatory for new system approvals until October 2018 and that only systems being installed into ships from October 2020 will be required to have been approved in accordance with the new Code.

    Additionally, because of a lack of confidence in the existing IMO type-approval process, and the previous uncertainty as to when the Convention would enter into force, very few existing ships have so far been retrofitted with the required treatment systems, creating a log jam in available yard capacity.

    ICS says that apart from the possible shortage of shipyard and manufacturing capacity to retrofit around 40,000 systems, many shipping companies – through no fault of their own – face difficult decisions. They will potentially be required to install expensive new equipment that may not be guaranteed to operate correctly in all of the normal operating conditions they would reasonably be expected to face when ballasting and de-ballasting during worldwide service. These decisions are all the more difficult if the ships are approaching the end of their typical 25 year life.

    ICS fully supports the intention of the BWM Convention, which is to address the problem of invasive marine organisms having damaging impacts on local ecosystems through their unwitting transportation in ships’ ballast tanks. But the Convention’s imminent entry into force presents ship operators with serious challenges because systems approved in accordance with the more stringent IMO standards adopted in 2016 are not yet available.




2017 December 9

06:36 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates for all cargoes and all container types from North East Asia to Australia
06:35 British Ports looking for cross border trade solutions as the UK and EU pass first big hurdle in the Brexit negotiations
06:30 Polarcus secures funding for 3D broadband project in Australia
04:11 CMA CGM GROUP completes the acquisition of MERCOSUL Line and strengthens its service offering in South America

2017 December 8

21:46 Neptumar agency successfully completes challenging two-phased delivery of project cargo from China to St. Petersburg
18:17 Yamal LNG loads first batch of LNG on Christophe de Margerie tanker
18:06 Wison multifunctional LNG Distributor granted AiP by DNV GL
17:06 China Classification Society signs Framework Agreement with MAN
16:58 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard is ready to lay down yet another mine countermeasures vessel for RF Navy (photo)
16:27 Ice-class ships Spasatel Demidov, Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Serebryakov will assist vessels in the Kerch Strait this winter (photo)
16:05 MAN PrimeServ China signs Service Station Agreement with Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard
15:36 CMA CGM premium service to optimize CO2 emissions
15:34 Morsviazsputnik and Qiwi Blockchain Technology signed cooperation agreement (photo)
15:10 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 18% Y-o-Y
14:46 ABB opens first ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Center in China
14:19 ABB AbilityTM extended with digital turbocharging solutions for marine
13:48 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie named Engineering Project of the Year at 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
13:43 Jumbo signs LOI to order new LNG powered offshore construction vessel
13:25 Bunker prices go down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:01 Teekay Tankers announces management change
12:30 Le Havre, France hosts "Women in Port Management" course
12:01 Port of Virginia posts results for Nov 2017
11:43 LUKOIL starts drilling of first production well at Filanovsky field's Phase 2
11:22 FESCO transported 21 000 tons of cargo to northern Russia
11:01 BMT awarded new funding for autonomous navigation
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $62.24, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.7
10:19 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Boston
09:38 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 308,800 t in 11M’17, up 8.8% (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,679 points
09:13 Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design
08:12 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles ask for proposals to reduce vessels’ at-berth emissions
07:11 ME-GI/ME-LGI dual-fuel engines hit 100,000 operating hours
06:12 ABS Executive lays out vision for future of shipping
05:12 Fincantieri launches new cruise ship “Nieuw Statendam”
04:13 London leads with first Air Quality Strategy for a UK port
03:13 CSSC GWS smart ship project achieves LR cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes
02:13 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
01:24 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey contract for Statoil’s Johan Castberg turret mooring system

2017 December 7

18:15 MABUX Weekly Report: Rising oil production in the U.S. may pressure bunker prices
18:11 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) down 6.7% to 31.11 mln t in 11M’17
17:50 Antwerp will host European Environmental Ports Conference on 16-17 May 2018
17:28 The Port of Gdansk gets yet another EU subsidy
17:05 Crowley’s newest LNG-fueled ConRo ship launched at VT Halter Marine
16:35 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
16:16 Port Bronka presents railway-yard project for Russia to take over dry bulk cargo flows (photo)
16:05 OOCL introduces Japan Vietnam Service
15:37 Wärtsilä enters joint project agreement for shuttle tanker development
15:12 Aker Solutions to design Johan Castberg FPSO accommodation unit
15:03 Russian Arctic to face period of serious changes - Deputy PM of Russia
14:37 Seaports of Ukraine handled 121 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 0.6% Y-o-Y
14:14 USPA and EBRD signed an Agreement on joint development of concession projects in two ports
13:51 Warships of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet arrive on visit to Myanmar
13:20 Marintec China: DNV GL awards DSIC a pair of AiP certificates
13:00 USC is looking into building 40 MW icebreaker powered by LNG
12:38 Russia's state expert evaluation authority approves Phase 1 of Vostochny-Nakhodka transport hub (photo)
12:02 Throughput of port Murmansk expected to make 51 mln t in 2017, 71 mln t in 2020
11:59 Damen delivers Cutter Suction Dredger 450 to Vesirakennus Ojanen Oy in Finland
11:39 Coal transshipment facilities to be shifted from the center of Murmansk to the western coast of the Kola Bay
11:11 Light fuel is in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)