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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Marine Environment Protection Committee - Resolution MEPC.151(55) - Guidelines on Designation of Areas for Ballast Water Exchange (G14) - (Adopted on 13 October 2006) - The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

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 the international conventions for the prevention and control of marine pollution,

 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 Ballast Water Management Convention) together with four Conference resolutions,

 NOTING that Regulation A-2 of the Ballast Water Management 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 FURTHER that regulation B-4.2 of the Convention stipulates that in sea areas where the distance from the nearest land or the depth does not meet the parameters described in Regulation B-4.1, the port State may designate areas, in consultation with adjacent or other States, as appropriate, where a ship may conduct ballast water exchange and MEPC 52 identified the need for additional guidance on the designation of areas for ballast water exchange,

 NOTING ALSO that resolution 1 adopted by the International Conference on Ballast Water Management for Ships invited the Organization to develop the Guidelines for uniform application of the Convention as a matter of urgency,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its fifty-fifth session, the draft Guidelines on designation of areas for ballast water exchange (G14) developed by the Ballast Water Working Group, and the recommendation made by the Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases at its tenth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines on designation of areas for ballast water exchange (G14) as set out in the Annex to this resolution;

  2. INVITES Governments to apply the Guidelines as soon as possible, or when the Convention becomes applicable to them; and

  3. AGREES to keep the Guidelines under review.


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