The Safe & Healthier Ballast Water From Invasive Species

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| LAUTINDO | BALLAST WATER | JAKARTA | The Convention will enter into force on September 8, 2017, marking a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss.

“This is a truly significant milestone for the health of our planet,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

“The spread of invasive species has been recognized as one of the greatest threats to the ecological and the economic well-being of the planet. These species are causing enormous damage to biodiversity and the valuable natural riches of the earth upon which we depend. Invasive species also cause direct and indirect health effects and the damage to the environment is often irreversible,” he said. He added, “The entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention will not only minimize the risk of invasions by alien species via ballast water, it will also provide a global level playing field for international shipping, providing clear and robust standards for the management of ballast water on ships.”

How Would It Affect The Indonesian Maritime Industry?
Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.

What Are The Expected Rules and Regulations?
The Convention will require all ships in international trade to manage their ballast water and sediments to certain standards, according to a ship-specific ballast water management plan. All ships will also have to carry a ballast water record book and an International Ballast Water Management Certificate. The ballast water performance standard will be phased in over a period of time. Most ships will need to install an on-board system to treat ballast water and eliminate unwanted organisms. More than 60 type-approved systems are already available.

What Would You Learn At This Event From Our Panel Experts?

  • What should shipbuilders do to support the current ship owners to comply with the Ballast Water Convention?
  • What should current ship owners be prepared with and what strategy should they undertake to ensure compliance?
  • Taking a more in-depth look at the rules and regulations governing the Ballast Water Convention
  • How soon would the Indonesian Maritime industry be ready for the Ballast Water Convention?
  • How would the convention affect the Indonesia shipping industry?


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