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Mr Marine Ballast, a part of Mr Marine, fully complies with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM), including the ballast water exchange standard and the ballast water performance standard. Both IMO and American authorities require that all ballast water must be properly treated to remove harmful organisms before discharge, in accordance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention).
These rules, which entered into force in September 2017, were created to protect aquatic life from the spread of harmful organisms from one region to another. The rules outline strict standards and procedures that companies must comply with, in order to manage their ballast water and the organisms therein.
Mr. Marine Ballast conducts all testing of BWMS in accordance with the BWMS Code, and are performed under the supervision of a national administration.
The responsibility of preventing bio-invasion from ballast waterfalls on vessel owners and operators.
This requirement is guided and enforced by the International Maritime Organization. The IMO adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments in 2004, also known as the Ballast Water Management Convention or BWM Convention.
To help curb the spread of invasive aliens and pathogens (germs), the convention or treaty states that vessels must remove or render harmless any form of water-borne life and germs present in ballast water, before releasing that water elsewhere.
The convention entered into force globally on 8 September 2017. Since then, vessels sailing in international waters are required to manage their ballast water and sediments according to the standard prescribed by a ballast water management plan. Such a plan must be drawn up specifically for each vessel.
If you’re sailing in international traffic, your ship needs to have the following on board, according to the IMO’s website:
Regulation D-2 of the IMO’s latest, revised G8 standard requires ships to comply with the following:
Rest assured, if your ballast water has been treated to these specifications, it is pure enough to be discharged into almost any port around the globe.
To help ship owners and operators become and remain compliant with the IMO treaty, Mr Marine Ballast provides servicing and also upgrades for ballast water treatment systems made by leading manufacturers.
Mr. Marine trades under Mr. Marine Elevator, Mr. Marine Ballast and Mr. Marine Instruments & Controls. Our dynamic company aims at keeping vessels safe and compliant, anywhere in the world. With technical know-how, unparalleled spare part sourcing and 24/7 responsiveness, we are your global beacon.