International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM)
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) has entered into force 8 September 2017.
The BWM Convention was adopted in 2004 to combat the problem of harmful aquatic species from ballast water carried by ships.
The Convention provides two standards for discharged ballast water – D-1, ballast water exchange, and D-2, ballast water treatment which requires installment an approved Ballast Water Management System, BWMS. The Convention also prescribes that for the ships constructed after entry into force will be required to have a treatment system installed at delivery.
For the ship owners and operators that means that they are required to have International BWM Certificate. To obtain it a vessel should have 1) BWM Plan addressing procedures for BW exchange, BW treatment or both or If a BWM System is installed – the technical documentation available on board 2) Ballast Water record book.
The Russian Federation became a Member to BWM Convention in 2012.