Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Management Manual, Version 2.0 (eBook)

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February 2020

Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Management Manual, Version 2.0 (eBook)

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This essential guide covers all aspects of ballast water management, including the development of familiarisation and operational plans.

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This manual links to the already established Safety Management System (SMS) covering the company and the ship, which includes proper plans for shipboard operations. The SMS requires crew and officers to be familiar with applicable onboard instructions and procedures, including ballast water management.

An updated version of the manual will be issued regularly in accordance with IMO revisions.

This manual:

  • Provides a practical, guided approach that gives ships relevant knowledge to manage ballast water management systems

  • Prepares the crew for inspections by port state control and charterers

  • Is a reference guide for seafarers on how to implement and comply with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention)

  • Includes comprehensive guidance issued by the IMO and designed for onboard use, for those who deal with operational ballast water challenges daily

  • Provides easily accessible information to seafarers dealing with ballast water management challenges including regulatory implementation.



Definitions and Acronyms

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The issue and the associated risks

Chapter 3 The IMO Ballast Water Management Convention


Reception facilities

Port state control

Section A - General provisions

Section B - Requirements for management and control onboard ships

Regulation B-3 Ballast water management on ships

Regulation B-4 Ballast Water Exchange (BWE)

Section D - Standards for Ballast Water Management (BWM)

Section E - Survey and certification requirements for ballast water management

Regulation E-1 Surveys

Chapter 4 United States of America ballast water regulations

History of US regulations

Regulations in detail

Compliance options

IMO Convention vs US regulations

Deviation from a planned voyage

Ballast water management reporting guidance


Shipboard technology evaluation program (STEP)

Some important additional requirements by the States

Vessel Incident Discharge Act (VIDA)

Discharge of ballast in extraordinary circumstances

Additional information

Non-compliance and penalisation

Port state control

Chapter 5 Planning for compliance

SMS procedures

Ballast water management systems (BWMS)

Designated officer


Port state control inspections (PSC)

Initial inspection (First stage)

Detailed inspection (Second stage)

Sample analysis (Third and Fourth stage)

Detainable deficiencies

Multipurpose tanks in ballast system

Sediment management

Communication with the destination port

Experience building phase and non-penalisation of ships

Checklist - 01 – Checklist for ballast water management compliance


List of Resolutions and Circulars

Annex Resolution/Circular Title – IMO resolutions and circulars Remarks Page

1 BWM.2/Circ.20 Guidance to ensure safe handling and storage of chemicals and preparations used to treat ballast water and the development of safety procedures for risks to the ship and crew resulting from the treatment process

2 BWM.2/Circ.62 Guidance on contingency measures under the BWM Convention

3 BWM.2/Circ.17 Guidance document on arrangements for responding to emergency situations involving ballast water operations

4 BWM.2/Circ.63 Application of the Convention to ships operating in sea areas where ballast water exchange in accordance with regulations B-4.1 and D-1 is not possible

5 MSC-MEPC.4/Circ.2 Code of good practice for port state control officers

6 MEPC.252(67) Guidelines for port State control under the BWM Convention

7 MEPC.173(58) Guidelines for ballast water sampling (G2)

8 BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1 Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2) Supersedes BWM.2/Circ.42

9 BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1/Corr.1 Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2)

10 MEPC.127(53) Guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans (G4)

11 MEPC.306(73) Amendments to the guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans

12 MEPC.123(53) Guidelines for ballast water management equivalent compliance (G3)

13 MEPC.161(56) Guidelines for additional measures regarding ballast water management including emergency situations (G13)

14 BWM.2/Circ.70 Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems

15 MEPC.188(60) Installation of ballast water management systems on new ships in accordance with the application dates contained in the ballast water management Convention (BWM Convention) 125

16 MEPC.299(72) Amendments to the Intl. Convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediments, 2004 - 2018 (regulations E-1 and E-5 – Endorsements of additional surveys on the International Ballast Water Management Certificate) 126

17 BWM.2/Circ.7 Interim Survey Guidelines for the purpose of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (resolution A.948(23)) 128

18 MEPC.297(72) 2018 (regulation B-3 – Implementation schedule of ballast water management for ships) Amendments

19 MEPC.298(72) Determination of the survey referred to in regulation B-3, as amended, of the BWM Convention

20 BWM.2/Circ.8 Harmonized implementation of the Guidelines for approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (G8)

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Title: Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Management Manual, Version 2.0 (eBook)
Number of Pages: 346
Product Code: WS1680EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-870-0 (9781856098700), ISBN 10: 1-85609-870-2 (1856098702)
Published Date: February 2020
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 203 mm
Book Width: 330 mm
Book Spine: 15 mm
Author: BIMCO

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