Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Management Manual Version 2.0, 2020 Edition

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This essential guide covers all aspects of ballast water management, including the development of familiarisation and operational plans.

This manual links to the already established Safety Management System (SMS) covering the company and the ship, which includes proper plans for shipboard operations. The SMS requires crew and officers to be familiar with applicable onboard instructions and procedures, including ballast water management.

An updated version of the manual will be issued regularly in accordance with IMO revisions.

This manual:

  • Provides a practical, guided approach that gives ships relevant knowledge to manage ballast water management systems

  • Prepares the crew for inspections by port state control and charterers

  • Is a reference guide for seafarers on how to implement and comply with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention)

  • Includes comprehensive guidance issued by the IMO and designed for onboard use, for those who deal with operational ballast water challenges daily

  • Provides easily accessible information to seafarers dealing with ballast water management challenges including regulatory implementation.



Introduction to the Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Manual

Part 1 The Ballast Water Management Convention

Part 2 Guidance on the regulatory implementation

Annex A1: MEPC.174(58) - Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8)

Annex A2: MEPC.279(70) - 2016 Guidelines for approval of ballast water management

systems (G8) and MEPC.169(57) - Procedure for approval of ballast water management systems that make use of active substances (G9)

Annex A3: MEPC.140(54) - Guidelines for approval and oversight of prototype ballast water treatment technology programmes (G10)

Annex A4: BWM.2/Circ.61 - Guidance on methodologies that may be used for enumerating viable organisms for type approval of ballast water management systems

Annex A5: MEPC.123(53) - Guidelines for ballast water management equivalent compliance (G3)

Annex A6: MEPC.161(56) - Guidelines for additional measures regarding ballast water management including emergency situations (G13)

Annex A7: BWM.2/Circ.17 - Guidance document on arrangements for responding to emergency situations involving ballast water operations

Annex A8: MEPC.162(56) and MEPC.290(71) - Guidelines for risk assessment under regulation A-4 of the BWM convention (G7)

Annex A9: MEPC.151(55) - Guidelines on designation of areas for ballast water exchange (G14)

Annex A10: BWM.2/Circ.46 - Application of the BWM convention to mobile offshore units

Annex A11: BWM.2/Circ.32 - Applicability of the ballast water management convention to copper dredgers

Annex A12: MEPC.252(67) - Guidelines for port state control under the BWM convention

Annex A13: MEPC 71/WP.11/Rev.1 - Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ballast Water

Part 3 Operational guidance

Annex B1: MEPC.152(55) - Guidelines for sediment reception facilities (G1)

Annex B2: MEPC.153(55) - Guidelines for ballast water reception facilities (G5)

Annex B3: MEPC.127(53) - Guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans (G4)

Annex B4: MEPC.173(58) - Guidelines for ballast water sampling (G2)

Annex B5: BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1 - Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the bwm convention and guidelines (G2)

Annex B6: BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1/Corr.1 - Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM convention and guidelines (G2)

Annex B7: MEPC.149(55) - Guidelines for ballast water exchange design and construction standards (G11)

Annex B8: MEPC.209(63) - 2012 Guidelines on design and construction to facilitate sediment control on ships (G12)

Annex B9: BWM.2/Circ.33 - Guidance on scaling of ballast water management systems

Annex B10: MEPC.289(71) - 2017 Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6)

Annex B11: MEPC.163(56) - Guidelines for ballast water exchange in the Antarctic Treaty Area

Annex B12: BWM.2/Circ.63 - Application of the Convention to ships operating in sea areas where ballast water exchange in accordance with regulations B-4.1 and D-1 is not possible

Annex B13: BWM.2/Circ.52 - Guidance on entry or re-entry of ships into exclusive operation within waters under the jurisdiction of a single party

Annex B14: BWM.2/Circ.20 - Guidance to ensure safe handling and storage of chemicals and preparations used to treat ballast water and the development of safety procedures for risks to the ship and crew resulting from the treatment process

Annex B15: BWM.2/Circ.62 - Guidance on contingency measures under the BWM Convention

Part 4 Annexes

Annex C1: MSC.1-Circ.1462 - List of certificates and documents required to be carried on board ships, 2013

Annex C2: FAL.5/Circ.39/Rev.2/Corr.1 - Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates

Annex C3: MSC-MEPC.4/Circ.2 - Code of good practice for port state control officers



Title: Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Management Manual Version 2.0
Number of Pages: 346
Product Code: WS1680K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-869-4 (9781856098694), ISBN 10: 1-85609-869-9 (1856098699)
Published Date: February 2020
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 203 mm
Book Width: 330 mm
Book Spine: 15 mm
Author: BIMCO