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Thursday, October 18, 2018

GLOBAL BALLAST WATER TASK FORCE

INTERTANKO took part in the first Global Ballast Water Management Task Force meeting this week, held at the IMO. With the aim of helping developing nations handle the problems associated with unwanted aquatic organisms, the IMO together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have selected six nations which they felt required further assistance in ballast water management and planning.

Brazil, China, India, Iran, South Africa and the Ukraine are to be the main focus of this group over the next three years. Through the development of various databases for the dissemination of information the Task Force aims to ensure that these nations are able to apply the Guidelines established by the IMO in 1997 (Res. A.868 (20)) and to help in the ratification of the future Convention on ballast water management.

INTERTANKO, together with ICS and OCIMF, represented the industry and were asked to help the nations by informing of the requirements that owners and operators needed for practical compliance with any future legislation. Furthermore, the Task Force heard of the various methods and guidelines that the states were currently using to manage ballast water. In particular, China and Brazil were questioned on the environmental ethics of adding chlorine to ballast tanks as a treatment method. Both states assured the group that this was something that occurred less frequently these days.

INTERTANKO were further commended on the work that they had achieved in the last decade on the ballast water issue and were asked for continued assistance by the Task Force. A positive two-way flow between the delegates of each nation and INTERTANKO has now been established which will also aid members who are confronted by various ballast water requirements in these six nations.

For further information on this or any enquiries regarding ballast water requirements please contact tim.wilkins@intertanko.com