China taking steps to implement the Ballast Water Convention

China joined the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) on 22 October, 2018. To implement the obligations under the Convention, China maritime authority has been taking steps to incorporate the main contents of the Convention into the Chinese legal system.

Recently, a new regulation published by China MSA (China Maritime Safety Administration) confirms that all ocean going vessels operating in Chinese waters are required to carry a ballast water record book and an international ballast water management certificate. All vessels should conduct ballast water exchange at least 200 nautical miles from the nearest land and in water at least 200 metres in depth, unless China has alternative agreement with the relevant neighboring country.

The ballast water performance standard provided in this regulation is also in line with the requirements of the Convention as to the number and size of viable organisms per cubic metre and mililitre of ballast water.

Ships should also report to the local maritime administrations 12 hours before conducting ballast water exchange using the "Ballast Water report" annexed to the Regulation in order to ensure requirements are being met.

The Regulation will enter into force on 22 January 2019.

Any queries on the implementation of BWM Convention in China, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Rhea Li or BUDD China by email : budd.china@budd-pni.com.

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