The USA began enforcing its ballast water regulations through the US Coastguard (USCG) in June 2012. The IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention will come into full effect on the 8th of September 2017. In addition, a few other national bodies introduced special regulations in response to their unique concerns.
When the IMO Convention comes into effect on the 8th of September 2017, all ships trading in international waters will be required to manage their ballast water on every voyage by exchanging it according to the so-called D-1 standard set out in the IMO convention. After a ship’s first IOPP-certificate renewal-survey after the 8th of September 2017, treatment (rather than exchange) is mandatory. Treatment is specified in the D-2 standard of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention and must be carried out by certified equipment.
Under the IMO regulations, some 60,000 vessels are going to need ballast water treatment solutions in the short-term. Most of these vessels are expected to comply by installing a fixed ballast water treatment system on board.