BIMCO position statement on ballast water management


BIMCO's position has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.


The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered into force on 8 September 2017.  Ships constructed before this date must in general terms comply by the first renewal survey for their International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC) following entry into force. Ships constructed on or after the entry into force date must be built to comply. 

The US Coast Guard’s (USCG) BWM Regulations entered into force on June 2012 and apply to new ships constructed on or after 1 December 2013 as well as to existing ships after their first dry-docking in 2014 or 2016 – subject to their ballast water holding capacity.

BIMCO’s position statement

  • An international BWM certificate should be sufficient initial evidence of compliance with the BWM convention.
  • There is a need to develop international, pragmatic, practical and harmonised testing procedures for samples of treated ballast water.
  • As ballast water (BW) exchange in a designated BW exchange area may result in delay and additional expense, it is important that such delay and expense is allocated contractually between the parties to avoid possible disputes.
  • Shipowners should not be liable for the time and costs of sampling and testing by port states or national administrations or for any consequent delay unless the ship is found to be in non-compliance with the BWM Convention or other similar regulations.
  • Sampling/testing of ballast water should not interfere with ships’ operations.


Aron Soerensen
in Copenhagen, DK

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