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Taking Lead in Addressing Ballast Water Management after MEPC 70

ABS Held Ballast Water Management Seminar in Jingjiang

ABS has taken the lead in addressing ballast water management by holding a seminar on 16 November. It was the first seminar hosted by classification society on the subject topic in China after MEPC 70. Nearly 60 attendees from shipbuilders, operators, and owners gathered in Jingjiang Jiangsu Province, China, to participate the seminar.

The control of non-indigenous species continues to be an important concern and topic in the marine industry. Especially with the recently ratified International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention, increased attention has been paid to the development of this specific area. Ballast water management as a major topic of MEPC 70, the industry is eager to know the updated information and the progress of its development.

To respond this need, the seminar provided an introduction of Ballast Water Management System related IMO regulations, USCG regulations and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit, and shared the latest development in MEPC 70, discussing implementation scheme and options for compliance, and the pros and cons of available technology for ballast water treatment.

Ballast Water  Management Seminar

Since the new ballast water management continues to be developed and approved, the seminar also covered vendor information, type approval status, and required documents and preparation for approval. More importantly, the seminar offered a practical approach along with sharing ABS updated Guide, Advisory and Technology Evaluation Service to assist designers, shipyards, owners and operators in selecting the ballast water management solution that meet both regulatory and operational requirements. 

To keep pace with evolving regulatory requirements, ABS updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment in September 2016. The latest revision includes clarifying requirements for hazardous area installations and safety practices, recognizing US Coast Guard Type Approvals, addressing installations on tugs, barges and Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, and delineating additional verification requirements for Administration Type Approval certification.