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IMO Takes Important Step Towards Electronic Certificates 16 Jul, 2017

1. Ballast Water Management Convention
Ballast Water Management Convention was adopted in 2004 in order to prevent the adverse effects to the marine environment caused by the transfer of ballast water on board ships. The Convention requires ships to conduct ballast water exchange offshore or through Ballast Water Management Systems which meet the standard for the discharge of ballast water. Since the condition of entry into force has been met upon the ratification by Finland on 8 September 2016, the Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.
1.1 Installation schedule of Ballast Water Management Systems
At Assembly 28 held in 2013, resolution A.1088(28) was adopted, in which existing ships were allowed to be exempted from installation of the Systems until its first renewal survey for International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate following the date of entry into force of the Convention. At MEPC 69, draft amendments to regulation B-3 of the Convention reflecting the requirements of resolution A.1088(28) were approved. The draft amendments were expected to be
adopted at MEPC 72 which will be held following the entry into force of the Convention.
At MEPC 70, there was an alternative proposal to revise installation schedule of the Systems which allows further additional extension to existing ships. However, there were divergent opinions, and conclusion on this matter could not be reached at MEPC 70. At this session, a compromise proposal between resolution A.1088(28) and the alternative proposal was considered. As a result of the discussion, the draft amendments to regulation B-3 of the Convention, which revise the installation schedule for new ships and existing ships, were approved as follows.

Entry into force: 1 January 2019

Source: IMO

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