Friday, May 1, 2015

India - Shipping Industry - Cabinet nod for bill to manage merchant vessels' ballast water - The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Corrosion Management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India

The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a bill which requires merchant ships to get a plan to manage their "ballast water and sediments" in line with an international convention to protect environment and human health from these substances.

The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which is in line with the global convention was cleared in a meeting of cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cabinet also approved accession to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Ships fill their ballast tanks with water to stabilize vessels at sea for maintaining safe operating conditions throughout a voyage. This water reduces stress on the hull, provides transverse stability, improves propulsion and manoeuvrability and compensates for weight.

However, ballast water poses serious ecological, economic and health problems due to the multitude of marine species being carried in the process, including Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP). The convention requires all new ships to implement an approved ballast water and sediments management plan and carry a ballast water record book and follow ballast water management procedures to a given standard.

Article Source: 115042900692_1.html
Publication Date: 29 April 2015

1 comment:

  1. It is good to see the environmental focus on Ballast Water Management. There are other perennial issues that are yet to be resolved and included in Merchant Shipping Bill. Industry analysis showed that over 41 per cent of Indian ships having crossed 20 years of operations that require frequent and extensive repair and maintenance. Although these opportunities are often linked with investment in this sector, this is not a good news for the life cycle analysis and material conservation. Corrosion of ship construction materials, the serious concern, often neglected by the industry is paving the way for greater impact in the life cycle cost. Marine fouling is another alarming area that fuels the parameters responsible for corrosion damage. These failures pose greater challenges to the ship owners not only in the materials part, but also leading to high demand for energy consumption and sizeable investment on environmental management. We see opportunities for establishment of academic and research institutions to effectively deal with developments in nautical science and engineering through various government schemes. But the effective dissemination of life cycle analysis of shipping industry, especially corrosion management, is questionable.

    Corrosion Management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India. If the efforts on minimising the life cycle cost through implementing corrosion control methods and appropriate integrity assurance programs are attempted at very slow nautical pace, we will end up in loosing the significant material resources and heavily impacting our marine environment.


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