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Guidelines for Application of Ballast Water Treatment Systems on Ships


Year: 2010
Language: english
Author: Machinery Team, Korean Register of Shipping
Genre: Guide
Publisher: Machinery Team, Korean Register of Shipping
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 291
Description: The world's trade and traffic volume have been rapidly expanded over the last few decades resulting in environmental damages caused by invasive species in ship's ballast water. The effects in many areas have been reported that our ecosystem is being disturbed at an alarming rate. Since the volume of sea-born trade continues to increase, the rate of bio-invasions is also expected to continuously increase.
In 1988, Canada and Australia first reported on invasive marine species in ballast waters. In response, IMO adopted, at its assembly in 1993, Res. A. 774(18 ) “Guidelines for preventing the introduction of unwanted aquatic organism and pathogens from ship's ballast water and sediments discharges”. After more than 14 years of complex negotiations between IMO Member States, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and sedimentss (BWM Convention) was adopted at the Diplomatic Conference held at IMO Headquarters in London on 13 February 2004. This convention will enter into force 12 month after the date on which not less than 30 states, the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than 35% of the gross tonnage of the world's merchant shipping.
There have been many questions regarding the installation requirements of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) raised by ship owners and shipyards as the effective date of BWM convention(2004) is approaching. In response, Korean Register of Shipping outlined reference information for the selection/installation of BWTS by vessel type.
This interim guidelines is based on the discussions carried out so far and revised edition will be issued should there be any additional requirements or unified representation set out by IMO or IACS.
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