IMO conducts ballast water system survey

23 Mar 2015
The IMO is surveying the ballast water systems sector in order review the current guidelines Photo: Maersk Line

The IMO is surveying the ballast water systems sector in order review the current guidelines Photo: Maersk Line

The IMO wants all stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMTS) to complete an online survey to review the current approval guidelines.

By surveying the sector the IMO said it will be able to provide a comprehensive review of the technical standards and approval testing procedures in its Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8).

The intention is to address concerns that the testing regime for these systems is sufficiently robust and consistent and make sure that all systems meet the requirements of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (BWM Convention).

IMO wants all administrations and associated agencies, test facilities, organisations and independent experts, BWMS developers, manufacturers and vendors, classification societies, ship owners and operators, flag and port state controls and other relevant experts to take part.

These two online surveys will remain open until 1 June 2015 and queries can be addressed to: d2study@wmu.se

The BWM Convention addresses the problem of aquatic organisms and pathogens being transferred to non-native environments around the world in ships’ ballast water.

It will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 States (which has been achieved already) and as soon as the trigger point of 35% of world shipping tonnage is reached. The tonnage percentage currently reached stands at 32.86%.

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