Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatics Species, 2012 Edition (K662E) (eBook)

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March 2012

Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatics Species, 2012 Edition (K662E) (eBook)

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This publication provides a globally consistent approach to the management of biofouling. These Guidelines were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization at its sixty-second session, from 11 to 15 July 2011, in the form of resolution MEPC.207(62) and are the result of three years of consultation between IMO Member States. The Guidelines represent a decisive step towards regulating the transfer of aquatic invasive species by ships.

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As scientific and technological advances are made, the Guidelines will be refined to enable the risk to be more adequately addressed. Port States, flag States, coastal States and other parties that can assist in mitigating the problems associated with biofouling should exercise due diligence to implement the Guidelines to the maximum extent possible.


Resolution MEPC.207(62)

Guidelines for the control and management

of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer

of invasive aquatic species

1 Introduction

2 Definitions

3 Application

4 Objectives

5 Biofouling management plan and record book

6 Anti-fouling system installation and maintenance

7 In-water inspection, cleaning and maintenance

8 Design and construction

9 Dissemination of information

10 Training and education

11 Other measures

12 Future work

Appendix 1 Format and content of Biofouling

Management Plan

Appendix 2 Form of Biofouling Record Bood

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: Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatics Species, 2012 Edition (K662E) (eBook)
Number of Pages: 44
Product Code: MM1008EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115451, ISBN 10: 9280115456
Published Date: March 2012
Author: IMO

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