New ballast water laws to protect Australian shores

The international BWM treaty and Australian legislation, both entering into force today, introduce clear requirements for all vessels entering and moving in Australian waters that are designed to address damage of marine environment, said Lyn O’Connell, Head of biosecurity at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Three more states ratify Ballast Water Management treaty

​IMO announced that three more States have become Party to Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water.

Australia clarifies its position on de-harmonised certification

Australia will not de-harmonise the IOPP Certificate from the HSSC (Harmonised System for Survey and Certification) for Australian flagged ships. However, if an owner chooses to bring forward all surveys, AMSA would not object as the ship will remain compliant with the HSSC. AMSA clarifies that a foreign flagged vessel arriving in Australia with a de-harmonised IOPP Certificate would be acceptable if the flag Administration has allowed the de-harmonisation.

Australia ratifies Ballast Water Convention

The Government of Australia announced that the country ratified the International Ballast Water Convention, to meet environmental compliance with global shipping standards. In total, 55 states have ratified the convention, with most recent the Saudi Arabia in May and New Zealand in January.

Australian BWM requirements according to Biosecurity Act 2015

On 16 June 2016 a new Biosecurity Act entered into force in Australia, replacing the Quarantine Act of 1908. The main legislative change, in relation to the operation of vessels, is alignment of Australian ballast water management requirements with those in the IMO’s BWM Convention.

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