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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.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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