Discharge of ballast water
The discharge of ballast water close to the coast is a potential environmental hazard. Organisms that are transported with the ballast water pass from one ecosystem to another and can cause great damage to the new environment.
To reduce the risk of impacts on local ecosystems, the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has issued a new ballast water management convention. The new convention, which came into force in September 2017, aims to prevent alien organisms from being spread with ships’ ballast water, and applies to all vessels on international voyages that take on and release ballast water.
According to the Convention, which primarily applies to newly built ships, all international traffic vessels are obliged to manage ballast water according to a ship-specific ballast water management plan. All vessels are required to keep a ballast water book and hold an international ballast water management certificate.
The Convention will be gradually developed to include requirements for built-in ballast water management systems and to define limit values on the amount of living organisms that may be released.
All Concordia Maritime’s vessels follow a Ballast Water Management Plan, which is produced by our partner Northern Marine Management (NMM) and based on existing international guidelines. The IMOIIMAX vessels are also equipped with special systems for managing ballast water.