1st International Conference on Ballast Water Management - BWM 2018

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About the Conference

With over 80% of global commodities being transported via ship-ping this translates to over five billion tonnes of ballast water being moved every year. Ballast water is an important and essential aspect of ship operation and stability but the repercussions of its threat to economic, ecological, and health issues due to the relocation of invasive aquatic species are not unnoticed. A result of these underlying issues has been acknowledged by national bodies such as classification societies that have established regulations and guidelines surrounding ballast water treatment systems. With the Ballast Water Convention coming into force in 2017 , vessel owners are required to administer a strategy for ballast water management in their vessels on top of implementing a ballast water system in the vessel. The investment to this sector is estimated to be over $45 million over the period of next five years, with a prediction for the cost substantially increase. The cost is attributed to installation, operation and in most cases retrofitting, which is a bigger concern to the industry. The implementation of the technology is facing much heat due to the classification and ratification by the USCG approval. These ever great concerns push the need for the global industrial players and theoretical investigators to congregate in benefit for the maritime industry.

BWM 2018 provides an ideal platform for industry leading researchers, technology developers, industrial players and supply chain partners to converge. Bringing the pioneers together the conference aims to promote the methodologies, exchange of ideas and the way forward to commercialisation.

Conference Themes

The various themes are:

  • Efficiency, Adaptability and Selection Criteria of Ballast Water Systems
  • Filtration and Treatment Technologies
  • Active substances – hazards and safety precautions
  • Real time Monitoring and Early Warning Systems
  • Same Risk Area Approach & Exemptions to Ballast Water Management
  • Operational Challenges and Limitations
  • Installation and Retrofitting Ballast Water Systems
  • Concept and Detailed Design of Vessels
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Life extension of Early Users
  • Certification and USCG Type Approval
  • Classification and Regulations
  • Inspection and Compliance Measures
  • BWM Contingency Planning
  • Port State Control

The Programme will include invited papers whose aim will be to present the main issues relevant to the above themes and application areas, thus providing additional impetus for an open exchange of ideas.

Call For Papers

Abstracts of about 300 words on any of the above topics are invited by the 13th October 2017. Upon review by the Technical Advisory Panel, notification will be given by the 8th December 2017.

Abstracts and full papers should be sent to info@asranet.co.uk

All authors, co-authors, co-chairs (except the key note speakers) have to register for the conference.

Registration Cost:

The cost of the conference will be:

  • £450 + VAT (only for UK)
  • £300 + VAT (only for UK) for Students
  • £200 + VAT (only for UK) for one day attendance

The registration fee includes Conference Proceedings in USB, Lunches, Civic Reception and the Conference Dinner.

Full Author, Speaker and Exhibitor Instructions & Paper templates

Next conference:

Date: 21-22 March 2018

Venue: Jurys Inn,
Wellesley Rd,
London CR0 9XY,

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: 13 November 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: 8 December 2017
  • Full Paper Submission: 9 February 2018
  • Registration Close: 9 March 2018

Organising Committee

  • Professor Purnendu Das, ASRANet Ltd