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Ballast Water Technology Throws up Owner Concerns

Some shipowners continue to delay systems installation as findings show technology fails to function as expected

Many shipowners are having problems with ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) installed on their vessels, according to a survey by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

The findings suggest that shipping will need longer to adopt the new technology than previously anticipated.


But Blank Rome attorney Jeanne Grasso says it is becoming more difficult for shipowners to get extensions as the USCG now wants shipowners to have a roadmap for installation.

Grasso says the ABS survey shows that BWTS installations can be very particular to a ship and that the products are not “fungible".

“Owners have been willing to look at BWTS products,” Grasso said. “But they want to put time into evaluating what works well with their fleet.

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"Ballast Water Technology Throws up Owner Concerns," by Michael Angell was published in TradeWinds on August 16, 2017.