Tne International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) enters into force 8 September 2017!
With the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) coming into force on 8 September 2017, owners, ship managers and operators are reminded of the following:
This means that any ballast water discharged on or after 8 September 2017 must be compliant either to D-1 or D-2 depending on the ship’s compliance date.
The ship needs to have on board a ship specific approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP), which is the basis for achieving an International Ballast Water Management Certificate (IBWMC). This should also be on board no later than 8 September 2017!
A Ballast Water Management Record Book and reporting are also requirements that must be in place by 8 September 2017.
It should be noted that Ballast Water Exchange (BWE), record keeping and reporting, are already requirements at national level in some countries - predominantly in the United States.
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