The Marine Environment Protection Committee,
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The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

RECALLING Article 38(a) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Marine Environment Protection Committee conferred upon it by international conventions for the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

RECALLING ALSO that the International Conference on Ballast Water Management for Ships held in February 2004 adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the Convention) together with four Conference resolutions,

NOTING that regulation A-2 of the Convention requires that discharge of ballast water shall only be conducted through ballast water management in accordance with the provisions of the Annex to the Convention,

NOTING ALSO that regulation B-4 of the Annex to the Convention addresses the conditions under which ballast water exchange should be conducted, taking into account Guidelines developed by the Organization,

NOTING FURTHER resolution MEPC.124(53) by which the Committee adopted the Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6) and resolved to keep them under review,

HAVING AGREED, at its seventieth session, to revise the Guidelines (G6) to incorporate the ballast water reporting form set out in appendix 1 of the Guidelines for the control and management of ships' ballast water to minimize the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens (resolution A.868(20)),

HAVING CONSIDERED, at its seventy-first session, draft revised Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6),

  • 1 ADOPTS the 2017 Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6) (the 2017 Guidelines (G6)), as set out in the annex to this resolution;

  • 2 INVITES Governments to apply the 2017 Guidelines (G6) as soon as possible, or when the Convention becomes applicable to them;

  • 3 AGREES to keep the 2017 Guidelines (G6) under review in light of experience gained with their application;

  • 4 REVOKES the Guidelines adopted by resolution MEPC.124(53).

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