Ballast Water Management Convention

ClassNK Actions for 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.

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.

Approval (G8 and G9) list of Ballast Water Management System and the ratification status of the Convention can be found in the following documents and links:

The latest information of the approval of Alternative Management System by USCG can be found in the HOMEPORT:Item, Environmental > Ballast Water Management Program > Alternate Management Systems (AMS) .

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

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
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
Marshall Islands Technical Circular No.25
Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention
Original 30 Dec. 2016
Panama Merchant Marine Circular MMC-342
Implementation of IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (BWMC)
Original Dec. 2016
Portugal Circular N.° 43
BWM Convention - de-harmonization of the IOPP (International Oil Pollution Prevention) Certificate Renewal Survey - Position of the Portuguese Maritime Administration
Original 13 Feb. 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

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

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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