With the recent ratification by New Zealand, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM Convention), will be officially implemented beginning in September 2017. Once in force, the convention requires ship-owners to manage their ballast water on every voyage by exchanging or treating it using an approved ballast water treatment system. These regulations apply to all ships with the exception of military vessels.
A more detailed report by the International Dry Bulk Terminals Group on the likely impact of the implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM Convention) can be found here. Please contact Gary or Ryan if you have any questions about compliance with the convention.