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The market and economics of mobile port-based Ballast Water Treatment solutions

Kontovas, CA (2019) The market and economics of mobile port-based Ballast Water Treatment solutions. In: Proceedings of IAME 2019 Conference . (Annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), 25 June 2019 - 28 June 2019, Athens, Greece).

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Abstract

While vessels need to carry ballast water for safe and efficient operations, this poses serious environmental and economic problems due to the multitude of marine invasive species carried in it. The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) which came into force in September 2017 requires that vessels manage their ballast water according to specific standards. For most vessels compliance will require fitting a ballast water treatment (BWT) system. However, in some cases, a mobile solution e.g. a BWT system fitted in a container as an alternative to an onboard system might be a more viable solution. These mobile treatment systems are also particularly suitable for barges, supply vessels, vessels engaged in short sea shipping or those with minimal and predictable ballasting operations. These mobile systems are an excellent solution as a contingency measure, in line with the latest discussions at the IMO. To that extent, this paper presents the findings of a detailed market analysis and economic feasibility study that analyses the costs and benefits of the proposed system under various scenarios.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
Divisions: Maritime & Mechanical Engineering
Publisher: IAME International Association of Maritime Economists
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 09:31
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 09:31
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11726

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