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Ballast Water Contingency Measures for Tankers


Year: 2018
Language: english
Author: Intertanko
Genre: Guide
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 19
Description: This document provides guidance on practical contingency measures that may be considered in the event of a
Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) failure.
In light of the entry into force of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) as well as the step
change in enforcement of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations on ballast water, INTERTANKO’s
Members are now more frequently using their BWMS to manage ballast water to meet the necessary discharge
standards. However, while the BWMS installed have been type approved in accordance with either or both the
IMO and USCG requirements, it is estimated that up to 60% of BWMS installed are not operating correctly. As
such, and when vessels are delivered with BWMS or retrofitted to comply with BWMC or USCG Regulations, it
is important to also amend the Ballast Water Management Plans (BWMP) to ensure a practical and realistic set
of contingency measures is included. With Port States, Flag Administrations and Class Societies still considering
the most appropriate options in the event of a BWMS failure, it is hoped that the contingency measures
identified in this document, together with the procedures recommended, will provide a clear indication of
what to expect from the vessel under such circumstances.
The guidance has been drafted in order to address the different expectations of Party States to the IMO’s
BWMC as well as the USCG which is not a Party to the BWMC.

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