ABS held a workshop with approximately 30 owners and operators with ballast water management (BWM) systems on board their vessels to assess how industry is progressing with the systems. Based on input provided, ABS developed a report covering a range of topics, including installation, commissioning and operations of BWM systems.
In analyzing the responses, ABS learned that only 57 percent of the systems installed on the vessels were being operated. The remaining systems were either deemed ‘inoperable’ or considered ‘problematic.’
Other key findings from the report include:
This comprehensive report is an important assessment of the readiness of industry when it comes to ballast water compliance. ABS believes that it is important for the practices which are being used successfully by some vessel owners are shared with others in industry.