With less than six months to go until the BWM Convention comes into force, DNV GL has launched a BWM plan generator app to help those owners and operators which still need to comply.

The BWMP generator app is designed to take the effort out of compliance. Users need simply enter the pumps available, ballast water tanks and sampling procedures, then upload the relevant plans and drawings.

Once a plan has been completed for one vessel, the data can be copied to another (sister) vessel.

DNV GL stresses the importance of preparing and submitting a BWMP, ordering and performing the initial survey in due time and making sure mandatory documentation (BWMP and International BWM Certificate or Statement/Certificate of Compliance) is in place before the Convention enters into force.

All ships designed to carry ballast water and engaged in international voyages need to comply with the BWM Convention no later than the entry-into-force date of 8 September 2017.

Compliance can be achieved by applying the D-1 standard (ballast water exchange), by the D-2 standard (ballast water treatment) or under certain conditions by a waiver from port states and/or flag states.

For a full breakdown of and solutions for the forthcoming Ballast Water Convention, book your place at the forthcoming Propulsion & Emissions Conference, taking place in Hamburg on 10-11 May 2017.

For further information contact the Events team on +44 1329 825335 or email conferences@propulsionconference.com.

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