Ballast Water Convention

It is now clear that the IMO 2004 Ballast Water Convention (aimed at preventing undesirable beasties and other things being transported across the world and given a new lease of life elsewhere) will enter into force on 8 September 2017, having achieved the necessary number of ratifications. It sets two standards for systems, D1 (exchange) and D2 (treatment). Essentially all newbuilds will have to have systems complying with D2 after 8 September. All existing vessels covered by the Convention will have to comply with D1 from that date, and with D2 from the date of the next IOPP certificate renewal. The UK government is said to be drawing up a scheme for deferral in deserving cases: but don’t hold your breath.

Details of the coming into force of the Convention here and here.

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Professor Andrew Tettenborn

Professor Andrew Tettenborn joined Swansea Law School and the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law in 2010 having previously taught at the universities of Exeter (Bracton Professor of Law 1996-2010), Nottingham and Cambridge. Professor Tettenborn is a well-known scholar both in common law and continental jurisdictions. He has held visiting positions at Melbourne University, the University of Connecticut and at Case Law School, Cheveland, Ohio. He is author and co-author of books on torts, damages and maritime law, and of numerous articles and chapters on aspects of common law, commercial law and restitution.

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