Solutions to the Problems of Implementing the Ballast Water Management Convention
Supported by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme
Following the ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention, and with the shipping community potentially woefully unprepared, attention is now focused on its implementation.
As well as the practical elements ship owners and operators will need to take (the selection of the appropriate treatment system and its application and fitting), there are a number of remaining scientific and technical challenges that need to urgently be addressed.
At this event, experts from the ballast water community and beyond are invited to pitch technological, regulatory and scientific solutions to a series of charge questions- questions that are challenging and thought-provoking and that highlight the scale of the issue.
By taking a novel approach of part-conference and part-workshop, the aim is to make progress towards finding solutions to the challenges.
Call for papers - Abstracts by 18 November
The IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group is challenging the community to address some specific questions. Papers are requested that answer a number of broad “charge” questions:
- What best practice exists within the ballast water community and what might we learn from other marine sectors?
- Where are shipping operators and port State control going to find the information they need to train crews/inspectors in what is an incredibly complex piece of environmental legislation?
- What treatment technologies are suitable for the various ship types?
- What effect will entry-into-force have on the ability of technology manufacturers to deliver equipment to ship operators when they need it and what are the principal planning, engineering, installation and operating challenges?
- How can consistent enforcement policies be assured?What happens if everything goes wrong?
- What contingency options exist or might need to exist and if all else fails what penalties may apply?
18 November 2016 - Abstract submission deadline
2 December 2016 - Notification to successful authors
8 January 2017 - Full paper deadline
Submissions will be reviewed and selected on their potential to answer one or more of the charge questions posed, on the basis of technical quality, relevance and their potential for generating discussion. Papers must be presented in English. Prospective authors are invited to submit titles of papers, keywords and synopses of no greater than 500 words (please do not submit, pictures, figures, graphs, equations etc. as part of the abstract) to the IMarEST Events department by email to
The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 18th November 2016. Abstracts may be accepted after this date subject to availability in the conference programme (please refer to the website for extension details).
Selected authors will be invited to submit final papers of up to 2000 words and 5 images by 8th January 2017.
There is no charge for submission of papers but selected authors will be expected to pay the members delegate fee.
The IMarEST will produce a series of “How to do it” documents based on the submitted papers, subsequent review of those papers and incorporation of key points raised during the discussions.
Where appropriate these will be submitted to the relevant committee or sub-committee of the IMO in accordance with the IMarEST protocol on IMO representation.
No other ballast water conference offers participants such a unique opportunity to feed directly into the discussion on the technical, scientific and practical solutions related to implementation of the Convention.
Who will attend?
At the Ballast Water Technology Conference, you will meet and network with representatives from:
- Shipowners, operators and managers
- Flag and Port States
- Shipbuilders and shiprepairers
- Class societies
- Marine consultants
- Academia and the scientific community
- Ballast water treatment system and service providers
£300+VAT for IMarEST members, £450+VAT for non-members, £300 for representatives of Marine Members/Partners and Sponsoring Organisations. Registration will be open shortly.