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BWM CONVENTION - PROCEDURE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF REGULATION D-1

Jul. 10 2017

Issuance of Statement of Compliance or of International Ballast Water Management Certificate according to Regulation D-1 only

In light of the imminent entry into force of the BWM Convention, the IMO MEPC 71 Committee recalled BWM.2/Circ.40 on " Issuance of Ballast Water Management Certificates prior to entry into force of the BWM Convention and Ballast Water Management Plans approved according to resolution A.868(20)." 

The Committee re-affirmed the provisions of this Circular and invited Members Governments, in their capacities both as Flag and Port States, to apply it so as to facilitate the fair and consistent implementation of the BWM Convention upon its entry into force. 

As a consequence of the above and unless otherwise instructed by the ship's Flag State Administration, for compliance with Regulation D-1 only, an International BWM Certificate or a Statement of Compliance, depending on the ship’s Flag , will be issued by Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, before the entry into force of the Convention,   upon receipt of the BWM plan for approval, with the annotation that this document is valid  provided the BWM plan on-board will be approved not later than 8th December 2017.

This International BWM Certificate or Statement of Compliance might be issued administratively (without BV Surveyor attendance on-board) upon receipt of the BWM plan for approval.