Ballast Water Management Convention

About Ballast Water Management Convention

The IMO developed and adopted “The International Convention for The Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004” (Ballast Water Management Convention) with the aim of protecting the marine environment from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water carried by ships.

According to IMO estimates, ships carry some 3 billion tons to 5 billion tons of ballast water globally each year.

Finland ratified the Convention on 8 September 2016 and the total number of contracting States to the BWM Convention has reached 52, representing 35.14% of the world merchant shipping tonnage, which satisfies the condition of entry into force threshold of 30 States, representing 35% of the world merchant shipping tonnage. The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.

The latest information of ratification status of the Convention can be accessed through "Recent ratifications" in IMO Homepage: IMO / English / About IMO / Conventions / Status of Conventions that allows downloading datasheet of each country.

IMO Homepage Status of Conventions

By the effective date of the convention (8 September 2017), all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above to which the BWM Convention applies (including existing ships, except floating platform, FSUs and FPSOs) are required to possess International Ballast Water Management Certificate (IBWMC). ClassNK implement initial survey to confirm that required documents and equipment are provided onboard, and issue the certificate (IBWMC) on behalf of some flag Administration. Also, prior to the initial survey, it is necessary to approve the onboard documents and plans/drawings for the installation; please submit them to ClassNK Machinery Department beforehand. For more details about the abovementioned documents/ plans, please refer to ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1086. With regard to the survey application, please submit it to our site office in charge of the onboard survey.

TEC-1086

On the 28th session of the IMO Assembly (A28) which was held from 25 November to 4 December 2013, as a result of the discussion at A28 about relaxation of installation schedule for ballast water performance standard, the revised schedule approved at the 65th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC65) was adopted as Assembly resolution.
Upon the enforcement of the convention, the resolution will be applied and the Ballast water performance standard is required in accordance with the resolution.
The resolution and the revised application schedule can be found in the following documents and links.

IMO Resolution A.1088(28)
Application schedule of Ballast water performance standard

Ballast Water Management System should be approved by Administrations in accordance with IMO Guidelines (G8/G9) to comply with the Regulation D-2 standard of the Convention. Approval (G8 and G9) list of Ballast Water Management System can be found in the following link:

List of approved Ballast Water Treatment System

For ships engaged in U.S. waters, the Installation of the Ballast Water Management System is to be approved by United States Coast Guard (USCG). The latest information of the approval of Ballast Water Management System by USCG can be found in USCG Homepage: Environmental > Ballast Water Management Program > Type Approval.

United States Coast Guard

Information of Ballast Water Management Convention

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF SHIPS’ BALLAST WATER AND SEDIMENTS, 2004

Guidelines G1-G14 of Ballast Water Management Convention

GNo. Title Download
G1 GUIDELINES FOR SEDIMENT RECEPTION FACILITIES G1
G2 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER SAMPLING G2
G3 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT EQUIVALENT COMPLIANCE G3
G4 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS G4
G5 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER RECEPTION FACILITIES G5
G6 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE G6
G7 GUIDELINES FOR RISK ASSESSMENT UNDER REGULATION A-4 OF THE BWM CONVENTION G7
G8 GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS G8
G9 PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS THAT MAKE USE OF ACTIVE SUBSTANCES G9
G10 GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL AND OVERSIGHT OF PROTOTYPE BALLAST WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMES G10
G11 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS G11
G12 2012 GUIDELINES ON DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TO FACILITATE SEDIMENT CONTROL ON SHIPS G12
G13 GUIDELINES FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES REGARDING BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT INCLUDING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS G13
G14 GUIDELINES ON DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE G14

For general questions about Ballast Water Management Convention, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Mchinery Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-2023
Fax: +81-3-5226-2024
E-mail: mcd@classnk.or.jp

For any questions about Ballast Water Management System, Please contact

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Material and Equipment Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan       
Tel: +81-3-5226-2020  
Fax: +81-3-5226-2757  
E-mail: eqd@classnk.or.jp  

Circulars regarding De-harmonization of the IOPP renewal survey issued by Flag States

In accordance with A.1088(28), the ballast water management system is required to be installed until the first IOPP renewal survey following 8 September 2017. The circulars issued by some Flag states indicating the possibility that the IOPP renewal survey may be decoupled from the Harmonized System of Survey & Certification System (HSSC) is posted below.

Please note that “Mandatory installation of stability instrument (for oil tankers only, see ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1053)” and “Amended requirements for sludge discharging piping and bilge-water piping (see ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1080)” are applicable when the IOPP renewal survey is conducted.

TEC-1053
TEC-1080

Circulars issued by Flag States

De-harmonization of the IOPP renewal survey

Flag states Circular No. Title Download Updated date
Antigua and Barbuda Information Notice 2016-003 (rev2)
Ballast Water Management
Original Nov. 2016
Bahamas TECHNICAL ALERT No. 16-05 Rev.3
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention)
Original 7 Nov. 2016
Barbados INFORMATION BULLETIN No. 264
IOPP Certificate Renewal in respect of Ballast Water Management
Original 2 Nov. 2016
Cayman Islands GUIDANCE NOTE 02/2017 (Rev 1.0)
Ballast Water Management Convention: Entry into Force
Original 11 Jan. 2017
Cyprus Circular No. 1/2017
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (BWM Convention)
Original 17 Jan. 2017
Germany Circular 03/2016 (ISM)
International entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention
Original 22 Nov. 2016
Gibraltar Shipping Guidance Notice – 065
Ballast Water Management Convention: Implementation – De-coupling the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) from the Harmonised System of Survey & Certification System (HSSC)
Original 9 Nov. 2016
India Engineering Circular No. 02 of 2016
Issuance of Statement of Compliance (SoC) to Indian Flag vessels by Recognized Organization on verification of compliance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and sediments, 2004
Original 6 Dec. 2016
Liberia Marine Advisory: 14/2016
Entry-into-force of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention)
Original 21 Oct. 2016
Luxembourg Circular CAM 10/2016
Entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention IOPP Certificate
Original 21 Oct. 2016
Malaysia MSN 03/2017
Enforcement of International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM2004).
Original 28 Feb. 2017
Marshall Islands Technical Circular No.25
Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention
Original 30 Dec. 2016
Norway Instruction no.: 1-2017
Instructions to Class concerning the application of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 and de-coupling of the IOPP certificate from the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)
Original 10 Jan. 2017
Palau MN No.16-031
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004
Original 19 Dec. 2016
Panama Merchant Marine Circular MMC-342
Implementation of IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (BWMC)
Original Dec. 2016
Portugal Circular N.° 43 Corrigendum 1
BWM Convention - de-harmonization of the IOPP (International Oil Pollution Prevention) Certificate Renewal Survey - Position of the Portuguese Maritime Administration
Original 3 Mar. 2017
Singapore -
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Original 10 Mar. 2017
St. Kitts & Nevis Maritime Circular No. MC/70/17
International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Surveys
Original 20 Jan. 2017
St. Vincent and the Grenadines CIRCULAR No BWM 004 - Rev.2
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments
Original 19 Dec. 2016

For any questions about the above circulars, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
External Affairs Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-2038
Fax: +81-3-5226-2734
E-mail: xad@classnk.or.jp

For any questions about the related surveys and the handling of each ship, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Survey Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-2027
Fax: +81-3-5226-2029
E-mail: svd@classnk.or.jp

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