IMO/WMU Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems (I622E)

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July 2010

IMO/WMU Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems (I622E)

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This publication presents the proceedings of a jointly sponsored Global International Forum on Research and Development on Ballast Water Management Systems (the R&D Forum) which was held at the initiative of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme, the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) and the World Maritime University (WMU).

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The R&D Forum was held in Malmö, Sweden from 27-29 January 2010. In conjunction with the Forum, WMU hosted three different workshops and conferences over the course of seven days from 24-30 January 2010. The Forum was attended by more than 250 participants representing technology developers, the maritime industry, academia, a number of national governments, and international and regional agencies from around the world. It covered a breadth of topics that focussed on the various ballast water treatment and management options, innovative technologies for treating ballast water on ships and related issues such as shore reception facilities, sediment management, and the regulatory, technical and environmental challenges facing ballast water technology manufacturers and the shipping industry.

Twenty-five speakers presented papers over three plenary sessions covering (1) Technical and Regulatory Aspects of Emerging Ballast Water Management Concepts, (2) Progress on Conventional Ballast Water Treatment Systems, and (3) Updates on Testing, Verification and Monitoring of Ballast Water. The presentations and discussions during both the plenary and panel sessions also addressed issues such as IMO's technology approval process, the challenge to meet the IMO Convention standards, and progress made by the Global Industry Alliance (GIA). These sessions also highlighted several of the emerging ballast water treatment technologies being developed by manufacturers, the non-ballast ship conceptual developments, risk assessment frameworks, the linkages to hull fouling, invasive species costs and impacts, and the need for capacity building in ballast water management in developing nations.

This publication contains a selection of presentations and papers from the IMO-WMU Global R&D Forum on Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems, held in Malmo, Sweden from January 26-29, 2010.

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: IMO/WMU Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems (I622E)
Number of Pages: 305
Product Code: MM1280K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789197725453, ISBN 10: 9197725455
Published Date: July 2010
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 250 mm
Book Width: 175 mm
Book Spine: 20 mm
Weight: 0.70 kg
Author: IMO

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