Ballast Water Management - Reminder/Update


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:

  • D-1 (Ballast Water Exchange) is applicable to all ships from entry into force date. Also, if the ship in question is subject to a detached International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate renewal, prior to the entry into force date, then the ship should postpone the D-2 (Ballast Water Performance Standard) compliance date.

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.

Peter Lundahl Rasmussen
in Copenhagen, DK


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