Statement from Susanna Wyllie, Global Proposals Manager – BALPURE®, De Nora Water Technologies, on the Ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention:
“For De Nora, today marks the culmination of the plans that we have been putting in place since 2004 and the investment that we have been making over that time. It also marks the start of a new era for us and for ship owners, operators and crews.
“Proactive shipowners have also been planning for this day and we know they will have shortlists of preferred suppliers. We expect that they will be immediately reviewing their plans and shortlists, and getting in contact with their potential suppliers to set those plans in motion. Owners with dry docking dates within the next year who have their IOPP survey dates soon after ratification will need to make decisions quickly.
“We do expect a period of calm and contemplation once the reality of the ratification has sunk in. Owners and operators will either be reviewing plans put in place over many years, or starting in earnest on researching and preparing their compliance strategy.
“In six months there is likely to be a period where operators start to use systems consistently and then we will see a requirement for BWMS to demonstrate operational experience and show the reliability of the systems.
“While the ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention, and its entry into force on 8th September 2017, presents a significant challenge to the industry, we are confident that it is one that we can rise to meet together. In terms of capacity, proven technology and reliability, De Nora is poised and ready to help our customers meet compliance effectively and for the long-term.”