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Annex - Amendments to the Annex to the BWM Convention

 This document has been consolidated into Ballast Water Management Convention

(Implementation schedule of ballast water management for ships)

Section B Management and control requirements for ships

Regulation B-3 Ballast water management for ships

1 The text of regulation B-3 is replaced with the following:

  • "1 A ship constructed before 2009:

    • .1 with a ballast water capacity of between 1,500 and 5,000 cubic metres, inclusive, shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-1 or regulation D-2 until the renewal survey described in paragraph 10, after which time it shall at least meet the standard described in regulation D-2;

    • .2 with a ballast water capacity of less than 1,500 or greater than 5,000 cubic metres shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-1 or regulation D-2 until the renewal survey described in paragraph 10, after which time it shall at least meet the standard described in regulation D-2.

  • 2 A ship constructed in or after 2009 and before 8 September 2017 with a ballast water capacity of less than 5,000 cubic metres shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-2 from the date of the renewal survey described in paragraph 10.

    3 A ship constructed in or after 2009, but before 2012, with a ballast water capacity of 5,000 cubic metres or more shall conduct ballast water management in accordance with paragraph 1.2.

    4 A ship constructed in or after 2012 and before 8 September 2017 with a ballast water capacity of 5,000 cubic metres or more shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-2 from the date of the renewal survey described in paragraph 10.

    5 A ship constructed on or after 8 September 2017 shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-2.

    6 The requirements of this regulation do not apply to ships that discharge ballast water to a reception facility designed taking into account the Guidelines developed by the Organization for such facilities.

    7 Other methods of ballast water management may also be accepted as alternatives to the requirements described in paragraphs 1 to 5 and paragraph 8, provided that such methods ensure at least the same level of protection to the environment, human health, property or resources, and are approved in principle by the Committee.

    8 A ship constructed before 8 September 2017 to which the renewal survey described in paragraph 10 does not apply, shall conduct ballast water management that at least meets the standard described in regulation D-2 from the date decided by the Administration, but not later than 8 September 2024.

    9 A ship subject to paragraphs 2, 4 or 8 will be required to comply with either regulation D-1 or regulation D-2, until such time as it is required to comply with regulation D-2.

    10 Notwithstanding regulation E-1.1.2, the renewal survey referred to in paragraphs 1.1, 1.2, 2 and 4 is:

    • .1 the first renewal survey, as determined by the Committee,footnote on or after 8 September 2017 if:

      • .1 this survey is completed on or after 8 September 2019; or

      • .2 a renewal survey is completed on or after 8 September 2014 but prior to 8 September 2017; and

    • .2 the second renewal survey, as determined by the Committee,footnote on or after 8 September 2017 if the first renewal survey on or after 8 September 2017 is completed prior to 8 September 2019, provided that the conditions of paragraph 10.1.2 are not met."


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