BIMCO Publishes Step-By-Step Guidance To Understand BWM Convention Requirements

In response to the recent ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention), BIMCO and Fathom Maritime Intelligence have published an updated 2016 edition of their practical, step-by-step guidance publication that helps shipowners understand ballast water management requirements.

This guide, originally published in December 2013 with Fathom, provides holistic practical guidance that covers all facets of ballast water management compliance. In addition, it outlines the systems available to the market with specific regard to the treatment technology and their type approval status.

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The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017, requiring ships to be fitted with approved treatment systems to prevent the spread of invasive species via ballast water.

It is imperative that shipowners act upon ensuring compliance with the convention’s rules immediately and this updated guide will serve to equip them with all the necessary information and tools to navigate through regulatory demands and practical challenges with confidence.

Captain Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, who is Senior Marine Technical Officer at BIMCO, commented:

“One of the biggest challenges for owners is how to ensure a smooth transition to compliance with the upcoming Ballast Water Management Convention – and to see continued profitability in trade for their fleets”.

“They can do this by selecting adequate and compliant ballast water management systems suitable for the individual ships and trades – or other alternative means”.

“The Shipowner’s Guide provides unbiased and comprehensive information on the options for compliance with the new regulations”.

Catherine Austin, Executive Director, Fathom Maritime Intelligence commented:

“Since the release of the 2013 guide, the ballast water treatment technology market has evolved significantly. With the significant investment required by owners in order to ensure compliance, it is more important than ever that concise and independently sourced information is available to owners and operators so they can steer through regulatory challenges with confidence”.


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