Lloyd's Register has released a new Guide to Ballast Water Treatment Technology that provides an independent and impartial description and appraisal of commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatment. It is the result of work conducted by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, UK, on behalf of Lloyd's Register.
In the face of new legislation, ship designers, shipbuilders and ship operators will need to choose ballast water management solutions that will work for them. The new Guide is intended to provide an overview of the current status of ballast water treatment technologies.
A global requirement for ballast water treatment arises from the International Convention for The Control of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, which will require certain ship types to use treatment systems from January 1, 2009.
Dr. Gillian Reynolds, environmental manager in the Research and Development Department at Lloyd's Register, introduced the Guide at an IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) seminar.