ABS Leads Ballast Water Management Workshop
“This workshop is another example of how ABS serves as a trusted advisor and independent voice, facilitating dialogue and discussions around the most pressing technical and operational challenges,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “We bring stakeholders together to address challenges and find a smarter path forward.”
With two sets of requirements, the industry is looking for the best way to comply. There is still little operational experience with BWM systems, so ABS workshops like this one that facilitate discussion and information sharing benefit industry at large, helping to resolve operational issues, improve systems and provide input for future regulatory discussions.
To help focus discussion and drive the agenda, workshop participants completed a survey. In analyzing the responses, ABS learned that 58 percent of the systems installed on the vessels of 27 owners are being operated. Aggregated results allowed common issues – as well as any outliers – to be identified. Workshop attendees spent a large portion of the day reviewing the best practices that support successful installations, exploring both common and unique challenges resulting from different applied technologies, various ship types and sizes, operational and environmental conditions, operating frequency, crew competencies and BWM system maintenance requirements.