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Agreement of IMO MEPC 71 on implementation scheme for Ballast Water Treatment Systems
 

07.10.17

BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT CONVENTION - Timetable for compliance with discharge standard in Regulation D-2

BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT CONVENTION :
AGREEMENT OF MEPC 71 ON IMPLEMENTATION SCHEME 
FOR BALLAST WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS 
 

The Marine Environment Protection Committee of the IMO, at its 71st meeting this week (MEPC 71), reached a compromise on the implementation dates for Ballast water treatment systems according to discharge standard in regulation D-2 of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention). 

The Committee has approved the principle of draft amendments to regulation B-3 of the BWM Convention (to be published and circulated shortly by IMO) which put an end to uncertainty for existing ships regarding the respective application of regulations D-1 (Ballast Water Exchange Standard) and D-2 (Ballast Water Treatment System), and set up an appropriate timeline for implementation of D-2 standard upon entry into force of the Convention. 

In relation to these amendments, IMO has approved an associated MEPC resolution (to be published shortly) on determination of the date referred to in regulation B-3 for implementation of D-2 standard. This resolution confirms that the” renewal survey” is the renewal survey for the ship associated with the IOPP Certificate (as previously agreed by the Assembly in resolution A.1088(28)). 

It is confirmed that ships constructed (keel-laid) on or after 8 September, 2017 have to comply with the D-2 standard upon delivery. 

These amendments clarify the implementation of D-2 standard in particular: 

Date of compliance with the standard described in regulation D-2 (BWMS) for New ships (Regulation B-3.5) for "new ships" (ships constructed on or after 8 September 2017) : it is agreed to apply the entry-into-force date of the BWM Convention as the date to conduct Ballast Water Management that at least meet the standard described in regulation D-2

Phase-in of compliance with the standard described in regulation D-2 (BWMS) for Existing ships (Regulations B-3.1, 2 ,3, 4 and 10) for "existing ships" (ships constructed prior to 8 September 2017), the IOPP renewal survey to be taken into account on or after 8 September 2017 as the start of the phase-in of conducting Ballast Water Management that at least meet the standard in regulation D-2 is :

1st renewal survey if :

  • this survey is completed on or after 8 September 2019, or
  • a renewal survey (deharmonized IOPP or not) was completed on or after 8 September 2014 but prior to 8 September 2017

2nd renewal survey if :

  • the 1st renewal survey following the entry into force of the BWM Convention is completed prior to 8 September 2019
  • Provided that renewal survey was not completed on or after 8 September 2014 but prior to 8 September 2017

Compliance with the standard described in regulation D-2 (BWMS) for non–IOPP ships (Regulation B-3.8)

Existing Ships which are not subject to hold an IOPP certificate shall comply with the standard described in regulation D-2 from the date decided by the Administration, but not later than 8 September 2024. They will be required to comply with regulation D-1 until such time.

In addition, MEPC 71 has adopted a resolution on implementation of the BWM Convention (MEPC.288(71) to be circulated shortly by IMO) with a view to facilitating the smooth and uniform implementation of the approved amendments to regulation B-3. 

This resolution asks member States to implement the above new amendments to regulation B-3 of the Convention upon its entry into force, i.e. 8 September 2017. 

This resolution supersedes resolution A.1088(28) on the Application of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. MEPC 71 has invited IMO Assembly (A 30 in November-December 2017) to revoke the resolution A.1088(28). 

The following graph summarized the provisions of the draft amendments to regulation B-3 of the Convention approved at MEPC 71 for ships constructed before 8 September 2017 (existing ships).