BWC- a quick guide to implemtation
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Implementation Date 8 September 2017
Another quick pause from the stream of certification posts to have a peer into some of the key facts about implementing the ballast water convention.
When must a ship comply with the standards defined in the Ballast water Convention?
Resolution A.1088(28) Application of the International Convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediments 2004
“4 notwithstanding paragraph 2.2, where the Convention enters into force after the year 2016, a ship subject to regulations B-3.1.2 or B-3.4 will not be required to comply with regulation D-2 until its first renewal survey following the date of entry into force of the Convention; .
5 a ship referred to in paragraphs 2.1 to 2.4 will be required to comply with either regulation D-1 or regulation D-2 until such time as regulation D-2 is enforced;
.6 the renewal survey referred to in paragraphs 2.1 to 2.4 is the renewal survey associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I;
In simple terms as from 8 September 2017 a ship must comply with D-1 (ballast water exchange) or D-2 ( Ballast water standards), and after that date, on renewal of its IOPP certificate, it must comply with D-2.
What is required to comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention?
Regulation B-1 Ballast Water Management Plan
Each ship shall have on board and implement an approved Ballast Water Management plan.
Regulation B-2 Ballast Water Record Book
Each ship shall have on board a Ballast Water record book that may be an electronic record system, or that may be integrated into another record book or system.
“Each operation concerning Ballast Water shall be fully recorded without delay in the Ballast Water record book. Each entry shall be signed by the officer in charge of the operation concerned and each completed page shall be signed by the master”
Regulation B-3 Ballast Water Management for Ships
Ships are to manage ballast in accordance with either D-1 or D-2.
Regulation B-5 Sediment Management for Ships
All ships shall remove and dispose of Sediments from spaces designated to carry Ballast Water in accordance with the provisions of the ship‘s Ballast Water Management plan
Regulation B-6 Duties of Officers and Crew
Officers and crew shall be familiar with their duties in the implementation of Ballast Water Management and be familiar with the ship‘s Ballast Water Management plan.
More information about the Ballast Water Management Convention