Discharge of ballast water
The discharge of ballast water close to the coast is a potential environmental hazard. Organisms that are transported with the ballast water pass from one ecosystem to another and can cause great damage to the new environment.
Installation of ballast water treatment systems
To reduce the risk of impacts on local ecosystems, the IMO introduced a ballast water management convention in 2017, aimed at preventing alien organisms from being spread with ships’ ballast water. This applies to all ships on international voyages and requires each ship to have a built-in ballast water management and treatment system to remove microorganisms in the ballast water before it is discharged. All Concordia Maritime’s vessels follow a Ballast Water Management Plan, based on existing guidelines. Eight of the vessels in the fleet have ballast water management systems installed, five of which were installed in 2021. The remaining vessel in the fleet will have similar systems installed during drydocking in 2022.