Directorate Resolution No. 0178-96 DGC, dated 10 July, 1996 by means of
which the Directorate General of Harbour Master's Office and Coast
Guard considers that it is convenient to establish rules for the purpose of
preventing the uncontrolled discharge from ships of ballast water that
might contain prejudicial aquatical organisms, bacteria's and viruses
that could transmit sickness coming from other regions of the world,
minimising the risk of their transfer in waters and coastal areas of Peru
and, in this way, protecting Human Life, ichthylogical riches, agriculture
and places of recreation, as well as the conservation and maintenance of
the coastal bio diversity.
In the same way, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) issued
Resolution A-774 (XV111), which contains directives to impede the
introduction of aquatical organisms and undesirable pathogenic agents that
ballast water sediments discharged from the ship may contain.
In this respect this Maritime Authority advises you that, in accordance
with what is established in the aforementioned Directorate Resolution, you
must bring this to knowledge of the ships you represent that, as from this
date they must comply with the following dispositions:
1. All ships coming directly from abroad and carrying sea water as ballast
must renew it at least once, at a minimum distance of 12 nautical miles
from the Peruvian Coast.
2. The operation of renewing the ballast water must be registered in the
deck and Engine-room Logbooks with the following information:
- Place of the operation, indicating the geographical coordinates
- Volume discharged, quantity of water replaced, indicating percentage of
the total capacity it represents.
- Date and time of the operation of renewing the ballast water.
3. In those cases in which the ship cannot prove, by means of her Deck and
Engine-room Logbooks, that she carried out the ballasting operation, before
deballasting in port she must add to her ballast tanks 10 grammes of Sodium
Hypochlorite, in powder form or 14 grammes of Calcium Hypochlorite per
tonne of ballast water, ensuring that it mixes with the contents of the
tanks, 24 hours being allowed to lapse before the discharge in port of the
ballast water is started.
4. When due to climatic conditions, the state of the sea or the lack of
visibility, the Captain of a ship cannot comply with these rules, he must
inform this Maritime Authority as soon as possible, before the ship enters
5.- Harbour Master as competent maritime authority of the straight state of
the Port will carry out the control inspections that they will consider
convenient to guarantee the fulfillment of the present Resolution and will
be able to take samples of ballast water for its corresponding analysis.
6. The Ship Agencies will be responsible for making the contents of this
circular known to the ships they represent, with due notice, prior to her
entering Peruvian waters.
7. Non-compliance with what is set out in the preceeding paragraphs will be
punished administratively in accordance with what is established in the
Regulations for Harbour Masters' Offices and Maritime, River and Lake
It is forbidden to discharge ballast tanks or tank residues with oily
water whilst in port or off the Peruvian Coast. The discharge at sea of any
other oily waste, etc., is strictly in accordance with International
Agreements, and there are fines and infringement issued for non-compliance.
Discharge of oil or oily water for the Safety of Ships, or other vessels or
for the Saving of Live at Sea, or though a leak that cannot be repaired,
may be exempted. All ships must keep an Oil Record Book covering every
loading, discharge or escape of oil. If not up to date the ship is liable
to a fine