Ballast Water Convention (BWM Convention 2004) in force as of 8th September 2017
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention 2004) was adopted in 2004 to introduce global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species. With the treaty now in force, ships need to manage their ballast water.
Under the Convention, all ships in international traffic are required to manage their ballast water and sediments to a certain standard, according to a ship-specific ballast water management plan. All ships have to carry a ballast water record book and an international ballast water management certificate. The ballast water management standards are being phased in over a period of time. New ships must meet the ballast water treatment standard. Existing ships should exchange ballast water mid-ocean but they will need to meet the ballast water treatment standard by the date of a specified renewal survey. Eventually, most ships will need to install an onboard ballast water treatment system.
The information has been gathered from the International Maritime Organization.
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