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Ballast Water Management Plan

A plan to meet the requirements for the control and management of vessel’s ballast water and sediments as per BWMC

Regulatory Reference: BWMC, IMO A.868(20) & MEPC.127(53)

Regulatory Reference


All ships carrying ballast water should carry a Ballast Management Plan as may be required by the States whose Ports the ship visits and / or as may be required by relevant Class Rules (based on Class Notation). Scope of this plan is to provide guidance with respect to Ballast Water Management. Plan is developed in line with Ballast Convention Guidelines and other national and International requirements. Plan Approval by the Administration is NOT mandatory in line with BMM Convention yet, however Approval by a Classification Society is mandatory/required by local authorities and common marine practice.

Indicative Contents

  • Shipboard Organization
  • Ballast Water Exchange Procedures
  • Ballast Water Exchange Calculations
  • Ballast Water Handling Log
  • National Requirements
  • Forms To Be Used On Ballast Water Exchange Reporting
  • Imo Assembly Resolution A.868(20)
  • Ballast Water Exchange Arrangements
  • Vessel Plans

Info/Plans Required

  • Ship Specific Information (Questionnaire to be submitted)
  • Capacity Plan
  • Ballast water piping and pumping arrangement
  • List and/or diagrams indicating the location of sampling and access points in pipelines and ballast water tanks
  • The ballast water management system used onboard with references to detailed operational and maintenance manuals held on board (if applicable)
  • Installed ballast water treatment systems with references to detailed operational and maintenance manuals held on board (if applicable)


  • Master will have a guidance with respect to the Ballasting/De ballasting steps
  • All latest legislation and contact information will be included
  • Latest updates to National requirements will be incorporated
  • Detailed description of water exchange methods
  • Already approved by most Administrations and ROs

We will Ensure

  • Full compliance with national and international regulations and common marine practice
  • Real life documentation addressed to senior officers and crew onboard
  • Full integration of any client specific requirements
  • Full support provided after development in line with our Document Support Policy

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