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  1 The Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation, at its fourteenth session (5 to 9 June 2006), completed the work on the Interim Survey Guidelines for the purpose of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (resolution A.948(23)) in accordance with regulation E-1 of the BWM Convention and invited the Marine Environment Protection Committee to consider these Guidelines and take action as appropriate.

  2 Recognizing that only survey requirements of instruments that are in force may be integrated in Assembly resolution A.948(23), FSI 14 also agreed to keep these Guidelines in abeyance until the BWM Convention enters into force. Notwithstanding the above, FSI 14 was of the view that it would be beneficial to circulate these Guidelines to the interested parties for information in the interim period prior to the entry into force of the BWM Convention.

  3 The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its fifty-fifth session (9-13 October, 2006), endorsed the view of FSI Sub-Committee and approved these Guidelines in principle for dissemination through this circular. The Guidelines will facilitate the survey of ships which are requested by their Administrations or shipowners to certify compliance with the provisions of the BWM Convention on a voluntary basis.

  4 Member Governments are invited to bring this circular to the attention of all parties concerned and, in particular, national authorities or recognized organizations in charge of ship survey and certification.

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