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New Guide to the Ballast Water Convention

New Guide to the Ballast Water Convention

05-09-2017 14:00:00


The Ballast Water Convention will go into force on September 8, 2017 and all newly built ships must have a ballast water treatment plant. On existing ships, installations will be installed from September 8, 2019 to September 8, 2024. Danske Rederier will launch a new guide with good advice.

The Ballast Water Convention will go into force on September 8, 2017 and all newly built ships must have a ballast water treatment plant. On existing ships, installations will be installed from September 8, 2019 to September 8, 2024. Danske Rederier will launch a new guide with good advice.

"We receive ongoing questions from our members about how the convention will be implemented in practice. Since it is a whole new legislation, there are a number of factors that need to be sharp and many questions to be clarified. We have therefore produced a brief and clear guide that readies the shipping companies for the task so that the ships avoid problems when they are inspected by the port authorities," says Per Winther Christensen, Technical Manager at Danske Rederier.

The convention will ensure that no invasive species are transported, such as zebra mussels and jelly fish from one ocean to another in the ballast water of the ships. The new rules are complex, so the crews must handle a wide range of issues to avoid problems in connection with, for example, port state controls.

Already now, existing ships must comply with the convention. This means, for example, that the ballast water must be changed on the journey if the ship does not have a treatment facility. The ships must also be equipped with a certificate and approved ship-specific ballast water manuals, and must monitor different local requirements, such as the US special rules.

Therefore, a Danish guide has been prepared - The Little Blue Book on Ballast Water - to make it easier and more manageable to comply with the convention's rules.
The guide is supposed to be on board the ships, so the crews can use it.

The project is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund and is being prepared by the consulting company Litehauz. The guide can be downloaded below and is widely available to both Danish and international shipping companies and authorities.

The Little Blue Book on Ballast Water, available in English, can be downloaded HERE.

Source: Danske Rederier / Maritime Denmark


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