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Ballast Water Management Convention

The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.
The adoption of all the required 16 Guidelines for the uniform implementation of the BWM Convention and the robust approval
and certification procedure of modern ballast water treatment technologies have removed the major barriers to the ratification of the instrument and a number of additional countries have indicated their intention to accede to this Convention in the near future.

The following Guidelines relating to the uniform implementation of the BWM Convention have been developed and adopted since MEPC 53:
  • Guidelines for sediment reception facilities (G1) (resolution MEPC.152(55));
  • Guidelines for ballast water sampling (G2) (resolution MEPC.173(58));
  • Guidelines for ballast water management equivalent compliance (G3) (resolution MEPC.123(53));
  • Guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans (G4) (resolution MEPC.127(53));
  • Guidelines for ballast water reception facilities (G5) (resolution MEPC.153(55));
  • 2017 Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6) (resolution MEPC.288(71));
  • 2017 Guidelines for risk assessment under regulation A-4 of the BWM Convention (G7) (resolution MEPC.289(71));
  • 2016 Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) (resolution MEPC.279(70)) (this will be superseded by the BWMS Code (resolution MEPC.300(72)), in October 2019);
  • Procedure for approval of ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances (G9) (resolution MEPC.169(57));
  • Guidelines for approval and oversight of prototype ballast water treatment technology programmes (G10) (resolution MEPC.140(54));
  • Guidelines for ballast water exchange design and construction standards (G11) (resolution MEPC.149(55));
  • 2012 Guidelines on design and construction to facilitate sediment control on ships (G12) (resolution MEPC.209(63));
  • Guidelines for additional measures regarding ballast water management including emergency situations (G13) (resolution MEPC.161(56));
  • Guidelines on designation of areas for ballast water exchange (G14) (resolution MEPC.151(55));
  • Guidelines for ballast water exchange in the Antarctic treaty area (resolution MEPC.163(56)); and
  • Guidelines for port State control under the BWM Convention (resolution MEPC.252(67)).


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