Ballast Water Management Convention and the Guidelines for its Implementation, 2009 Edition (K621E) (eBook)

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This publication reproduces the text of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, the four Conference resolutions, and the 14 sets of Guidelines developed and adopted by the IMO's MEPC.

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The Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its fifty-first session in April 2004, approved a programme for the development of guidelines and procedures for uniform implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, listed in Conference resolution 1 including additional guidance required but not listed in the resolution. The programme was further expanded at the fifty-third session of the MEPC in July 2005 to develop and adopt 14 sets of Guidelines, the last one being adopted by resolution MEPC.173(58) in October 2008.

International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

Article 1 – Definitions

Article 2 – General obligations

Article 3 – Application

Article 4 – Control of the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through ships’ ballast water and sediments

Article 5 – Sediment reception facilities

Article 6 – Scientific and technical research and monitoring

Article 7 – Survey and certification

Article 8 – Violations

Article 9 – Inspection of ships

Article 10 – Detection of violations and control of ships

Article 11 – Notification of control actions

Article 12 – Undue delay to ships

Article 13 – Technical assistance, co-operation and regional co-operation

Article 14 – Communication of information

Article 15 – Dispute settlement

Article 16 – Relationship to international law and other agreements

Article 17 – Signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession

Article 18 – Entry into force

Article 19 – Amendments

Article 20 – Denunciation

Article 21 – Depositary

Article 22 – Languages

 

Annex – Regulations for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments

Section A – General provisions

Regulation A-1 – Definitions

Regulation A-2 – General applicability

Regulation A-3 – Exceptions

Regulation A-4 – Exemptions

Regulation A-5 – Equivalent compliance

 

Section B – Management and control requirements for ships

Regulation B-1 – Ballast water management plan

Regulation B-2 – Ballast water record book

Regulation B-3 – Ballast water management for ships

Regulation B-4 – Ballast water exchange

Regulation B-5 – Sediment management for ships

Regulation B-6 – Duties of officers and crew

 

Section C – Special requirements in certain areas

Regulation C-1 – Additional measures

Regulation C-2 – Warnings concerning ballast water uptake in certain areas and related flag State measures

Regulation C-3 – Communication of information

 

Section D – Standards for ballast water management

Regulation D-1 – Ballast water exchange standard

Regulation D-2 – Ballast water performance standard

Regulation D-3 – Approval requirements for ballast water management systems

Regulation D-4 – Prototype ballast water treatment technologies

Regulation D-5 – Review of standards by the Organization

 

Section E – Survey and certification requirements for ballast water management

Regulation E-1 – Surveys

Regulation E-2 – Issuance or endorsement of a Certificate

Regulation E-3 – Issuance or endorsement of a Certificate by another Party

Regulation E-4 – Form of the Certificate

Regulation E-5 – Duration and validity of the Certificate

 

Appendices to annex

Appendix I – Form of International Ballast Water Management Certificate

Appendix II – Form of ballast water record book

 

Resolutions adopted by the Conference

Resolution 1 – Future work by the Organization pertaining to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

Resolution 2 – The use of decision-making tools when reviewing the standards pursuant to regulation D-5

Resolution 3 – Promotion of technical co-operation and assistance

Resolution 4 – Review of the Annex to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Ballast Water Management Convention and the Guidelines for its Implementation, 2009 Edition (K621E) (eBook)
Number of Pages: 234
Product Code: MM1202EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115031, ISBN 10: 9280115030
Published Date: October 2009
Author: IMO

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