As all vessels, yachts are included within the definitions of the BWM Convention according to Article 1.12, whereby a “Ship” means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating in the aquatic environment.

Specifically, it is highlighted that new yachts (keel laying date after September 8, 2017) are required to comply with the D-2 standard at delivery.

On the other hand, for existing yachts (keel laying date before September 8, 2017), compliance with D-2 performance standard depends on the renewal date of the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) certificate.

In addition, ABS provides recommendations on how to comply. Accordingly:

  • Use of an "other method" of ballast water management as per regulation B-3. 7 of the Convention following resolution MEPC.206(62).
  • Exemption, as per regulation A-4 of the Convention, following the Guidelines for risk assessment under regulation A-4 (G7).
  • Use of ballast water determined by the coastal State as being sourced from the "same location" as the point of discharge (as per regulation A-3.5).
  • Use of temporary ballast water management systems (BWMS) may be allowed for the purposes of undertaking voyages outside a specific location as mentioned above, with the relevant approval by the flag Administration.
  • Use of permanent or temporary BWMS installed aboard another vessel operating from the same port or locality as a local reception facility, with the approval of the flag Administration and the acceptance of the local coastal State Administration.
  • Meeting the regulation D-2 discharge standard through permanent installation of a Type Approved BWMS.

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Ballast Water management for yachts