Yards and suppliers voice concern over BWM delays

Industry bodies representing European shipyards and equipment suppliers have voiced opposition to further delays to the implementation of IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

The Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA) and the Shipyards’ and Marine Equipment Association (SEA Europe) noted that yards and suppliers had made considerable investments to enable the agreed installation timeline. Further delay would send “the wrong political signal”, said Christophe Tytgat, secretary general of the associations.

Referring to the proposal to postpone the start of the installation timeframe by two years – submitted  to this week’s meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) by Brazil, Cook Islands, India, Norway, Liberia and the UK – Tytgat said a delay would be a further blow to suppliers who have acted in good faith.

“Many maritime equipment manufacturers have made significant investments,” Tytgat stressed. “If the IMO delays again, this would be a blow for manufacturers that have done what they were invited to do: invest in ballast water management systems to protect the marine environment.”

A delay would also be viewed negatively in Europe, said Tytgat. “Another delay would be interpreted as if the IMO does not care enough about the environment and may risk putting the IMO in a difficult situation in the EU again.”

For more perspectives on the proposals, read The Motorship’s earlier report.

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