The new system is not an in-line process, but an in-voyage process, so there are no filters and no potential problems relating to flow rates, pressure drops, or power consumption during ballasting. The solution is considered appropriate for bulk carriers because it addresses stability issues specific to the ship type.
In view of the IMO’s MEPC upcoming meeting, on 3-7 July, INTERCARGO stresses the potential impacts of BWM Convention implementation on bulk carriers, suggesting that the regulation should respect the nature of the industry. The association proposes for existing bulk carriers only, the use of “extended ballast water exchange” to be implemented solely for these tanks.
In its latest quarterly Dry Bulk Market Report, Maritime Strategies International highlights that despite being beset with technical challenges and owners opposition, the implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention might provide the basis for a dry market recovery.
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