During the last years, we have seen implementation of new rules for vessels, establishing new markets for suppliers.
E.g. Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), AIS (Automatic Identification Systems) and ECDIS.
The next big wave is predicted to be the Ballast Water Convention, setting down an entirely new set of rules regarding ballast water management, forcing shipowners to retrofit Ballast Water Treatment Systems on existing ships and include it in the scope for newbuildings.
This will probabaly create a new wave of jobs, for R&D profiles, technicians, marketing profiles and sales profiles.
The marketing opening is worth 118.77 Billion US$ according to a market research report performed by the website marketsandmarkets.com. READ FULL REPORT
A lot of shipowners, ports and authoririties will need to know the extract of the rules and plan how they will deal with this. IMO´s website contains a really good article about the subject: READ ABOUT BALLAST WATER ON IMO WEBSITE
The implementation of the rules have been delayed due to the fact that most suppliers has hesitated to develop systems before they knew the exact requirements from United States Coast Guard. Understandable enough, the suppliers wanted to ensure that the system could be used world-wide.
The first system to be approved by USCG was Norwegian supplier Optimarin READ ABOUT THIS
and many more are to follow. Known systems that are approved by USCG:
Froms a job perspective, Maritime Professionals
recommend that you keep an eye on these suppliers and other suppliers that can present approved systems, they will need a lot of skilled people over the next 5 years time!
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Picture: Optimarin Ballast Water Treatment System 500m3/h