In April, the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) elected Steve Candito, Ecochlor CEO and a member of the formation committee, to serve on the Board of Directors.
“BEMA, a registered trade association based in the United States, seeks to provide coordinated, technical, non-commercial guidance to both the maritime industry and the regulatory agencies that are trying to understand the intricacies of ballast water treatment. The Association will serve as a key resource for ship owners, designers, testing equipment suppliers, and regulators to discuss openly how ballast water treatment systems work and what should be the expectations of each technology operating across a world fleet,” stated the press release for the newly formed non-government association (NGO).
Steve Candito comments on the group, “There is a lot of value that [BEMA] can provide even before we achieve NGO status at the IMO. We have already been approached by ICS, BIMCO, and other ship owner associations to discuss the important implementation challenges. The industry wants to discuss solutions and we are ready to talk. For more information about BEMA go to https://bit.ly/2HUuul7.