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Commissioning testing for BWMS installed onboard is required from June 2022

During MEPC 74 back in 2019, IMO approved a draft amendment to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) to conduct commissioning testing so as to demonstrate through representative sampling and indicative analysis that a BWMS is working properly. According to this amendment, approved in MEPC 75, sampling and analysis should be conducted at commissioning testing for BWMS installed on board ships on or after 1 June 2022.

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Saudi Arabia’s response to BW requirements

Dr. Brian Phillips, Chelsea Technologies Group, explains how Saudi Arabia is driving forward with enforcing ballast water regulations and discloses details about their cooperation with Saudi Aramco. Dr Phillips says that Saudi Aramco is currently working closely with national authorities to utilise Chelsea’s testing device as the national benchmark for ballast water sampling in quest of ensuring total compliance with BWM new regulations following MEPC 71.

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PSC Inspection under IMO BWMC requirements

IMO has adopted specific guidance for the conduct of a PSC inspection under the BWM Convention. Once the Convention becomes effective on 8th of September,2017 a trial period will be initiated where port State control can further trial the approaches in the IMO related circular to ensure they are practical and fit for purpose. Panasia has compiled a comprehensive guide to advise on the issues for consideration for compliance with the BWM Convention during a PSC inspection.

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