• 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 August 18

18:21 TOTE plans to establish new U.S. mainland to Hawai’i shipping service
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK Rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:55 NCSP volumes for 7M 2017 totaled 85.2 mln tons
17:27 Alexander Masko re-elected as Director General of Murmansk Commercial Seaport (photo)
17:06 Austal and ASC Shipbuilding re-commit to sovereign national shipbuilding endeavour
16:42 Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy sets a record having reached the North Pole for 79 hours
16:18 IBIA supports continued efforts to protect MFM integrity and expanding application to terminal loadings
16:16 Fjord Line doubles the capacity on the fastest route between Norway and Denmark
15:45 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg renews its equipment
15:19 Finnish Transport Agency reports increase of import/export volumes in international seaborne trade of HI’17
14:51 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
14:26 Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
14:04 Severodvinsk nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet carried out missile firing
13:40 Arctic Economic Council took part in 2017 North Pacific Arctic Conference
13:02 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast South America & West Coast Central America
12:37 Tuco Marine delivers hydrographic survey boat to Nelleman Survey
12:23 LNG Croatia announces investigation of the seabed at LNG terminal site
11:38 Nevsky Shipyard congratulates the team of UCL Holding with the group’s 10th anniversary!
11:09 Team Tankers International announces Q2 2017 results
10:45 FSBI Baltic Sea Ports Administration congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.12% to $50.97, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $47.03
10:00 Port of Cardiff invests over £4 million to support steel sector
09:37 Tehnoros congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,247 points
07:48 Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz takes part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

2017 August 17

18:06 Carnival Paradise to offer five additional cruises to Havana, Cuba, from port of Tampa in 2018
17:50 10 cruise ships will call at the Port of Southampton this weekend
17:36 Golar LNG Limited announced the sale of an interest in the FLNG, Hilli Episeyo
17:17 MSCC Bronka to purchase one more LHM 800 SWL crane of 302 t in capacity
17:06 Golden Ocean posts second quarter 2017 results
16:45 LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship
16:40 Rhine Alpine Rail Freight Corridor must re-open quickly
16:31 AS Tallink Grupp has extended Superfast vessel charter agreement
16:16 Port Bronka and Fenix LLC congratulate UCL Holding with its first anniversary!
16:03 MABUX: Irregular changes may prevail on global bunker market next week
15:44 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-July'17 grew by 10% to 7.68 mln t
15:19 Morstroytechnology LLC congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
14:38 Throughput of port Vyborg up 6% to 755,500 t in 7M’17
13:52 Throughput of port Primorsk in 7M’17 down 5% Y-o-Y to 35.67 mln t
13:27 PORT FLEET JSC congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
13:01 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 9% to 10.52 mln t in Jan-July'17
12:35 UCL Holding celebrates its 10th anniversary on 24 August 2017
12:10 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast South America & West Coast Central America
11:59 SSP-M newest underwater rescue equipment will be demonstrated at the Army 2017 Forum
11:24 exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG
11:23 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 58.89 mln t in 7M’2017
11:00 Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues
10:36 DEME secures submarine cable installation contract for Elia Modular Offshore Grid
10:26 Brent Crude futures price up to 0.16% to $50.35, Light Sweet Crude – flat at $46.78
10:04 HELCOM and OSPAR release new online ballast water risk assessment tool
09:37 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 9% to 30.34 mln t in 7M’17
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,207 points

2017 August 16

18:02 Bunker prices slightly changed at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
17:41 MTH development is one of the priorities among infrastructure projects in the Northwest of Russia – Vladimir Putin
17:18 Aker Arctic joins new EU funded project with aim to improve Arctic Shipping Safety
16:53 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) increased financing of its social programme
16:29 The Maritime Standard Awards extends nomination deadline
16:22 ABB’s DEGO IV software delivers on fuel saving promise for Stena Line vessel
15:46 Vladimir Putin is for tariffs for stevedores to be transferred into roubles from 1 January 2018
15:34 AXSMarine presents new Big Data application for the dry bulk industry