Biodiversity is the foundation of ecosystem services to which human well-being is intimately linked. Shipping industry has an impact to the biodiversity, where the primary concern is mainly on the ballast water management.
In 2004, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (also known as the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention) is an international maritime treaty which requires all ships using ballast water to conduct ballast water exchange at a minimum of 200 nautical miles from the nearest land and in water at least 200 metres in depth. This is to minimise the potential spread of non-native aquatic species where the introduction of such pervasive species into non-native areas can potentially have a negative impact to the marine life and surrounding communities from an ecological and economic perspective.
All MISC vessels have in place a Ballast Water Management Plan to reduce the risk of spreading non-native aquatic species into the marine environment. In order to comply with the Ballast Water Treatment Convention 2017, a 5-Year Ballast Water Management System Retrofitting Plan has been formulated. Retrofitting of our vessels with the treatment system started in 2018. Three vessels from our fleet have been retrofitted with the ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), of which 2 were retrofitted in 2018. An additional twenty-seven vessels had been identified for retrofitting in 2019 and 2020. All new build vessels of MISC delivered since 2016 are equipped with a ballast water treatment system.
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