“The lack of clarity in the ballast water management market has been unhelpful for both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers,” managing director of De Nora Water Technologies’ Balpure ballast water activities, Don Stephen, told BWTT.
He spoke of “uncertainty in the market” created by a number of factors, including “differences in the way that standards have been interpreted and applied, complications and delays involved with type-approvals and the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention linking the implementation of the requirements to the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) certificate.”
Although many flag states allow owners to renew their IOPP certificate ahead of schedule to postpone their deadline to install a system, “owners should not leave it until the last minute to start thinking about compliance options,” he said. Those choosing to renew their IOPP certificate early “need to understand that there may be a repercussion to that decision,” he said. By delaying their compliance date in this way “they are likely to find themselves in a worse position,” he said, because “they are likely to be dealing with exactly the same issues further down the line.”