Ships have transported marine species to new places since the first sailing ships were built. As the need for shipping traffic has increased this issue has become more acute.

We recognise the environmental implications of invasive species on the marine ecosystem. This is why the Chamber promote sustainable and responsible practices aimed at balancing industry's needs through environmental stewardship.

One of our main focuses is the management of ballast water, identified as a significant factor in the spread of invasive species.

Since 1997, in a bid to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens, the industry has adhered to the Mid-Ocean Ballast Water Exchange standards.  A critical first step towards reducing the risk of invasive species transmission.

In 2007, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) subsequently introduced the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water. Under this regulation, ships are required to install treatment technology that eliminates or neutralises aquatic organisms and pathogens in ballast water before its discharge into new locations.

We stand by this regulation, actively encouraging and supporting our members to comply, thereby reinforcing the industry's collective responsibility towards the environment.

The Chamber’s ambition is to lead in biofouling management, aligning with the recently adopted 2023 IMO Biofouling Guidelines. We believe that active engagement and collaboration will help shape these guidelines in a way that maintains the delicate balance between effective biofouling management and safe and effective vessel operations. To aid in this we have joined the LR Joint Industry Partnership (JIP) on Biofouling Lifecycle Management, aiming to integrate energy efficiency considerations into biofouling management practices through the development of LR Clean Hull Notation. This initiative sees participation from a diverse group including port authorities, shipping companies, regulators and others.