Relevant for ship owners and managers with vessels affected by the International BWM Convention.
The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, aiming to combat the problem of invasive species, enters into force on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention stipulates two standards for discharged ballast water:
- The D-1 standard covering ballast water exchange
- The D-2 standard covering ballast water treatment
A few important things to keep in mind:
1. The D1 deadline (8 September 2017) is non-negotiable
This means that the date of 8 September 2017 is definite, and there is no room for postponement. Before the certificate can be issued, the BWMP must be approved and, subsequently, an initial on-board survey performed. Considering the time needed to do this, we urge you to take the necessary actions to bring your fleet to compliance as quickly as possible.
DNV GL has developed a BWM Plan Generator web application which will greatly facilitate your work to develop the BWMP in a cost and time-efficient way….(Read More) Source: DNV-GL