Operators, shipyards, and designers have been spending increasing amounts of time considering ballast water treatment (BWT) systems and much has been written about basic selection criteria and matching vessel characteristics and capabilities. The list of IMO approved systems is growing and there appear to be many choices available for those ready to place an order or call out a vendor for their new building.
However, there are still some critical challenges to finding a system that can meet the discharge standards, fit in a particular vessel (especially as a retrofit), and obtain the necessary Class and Administration approvals. To help understand the remaining hurdles we offer the following list of critical challenges to include in the search for the best solution for your vessel. Please click here for Ballast Water Treatment Considerations.