China - Ballast Water Management

19 February 2019

Following China’s ratification in 2018 of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, one of the Club’s China correspondents, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, reports that the measures have been in force from 22 January 2019.

The correspondent’s circular (available here) includes details of:-

  1. Certificates and other documentary requirements;
  2. Where replacement of ballast water can be carried out depending on the voyage; and,
  3. Exemptions and how vessels/agents can apply for them.

In order to avoid any penalties and any other potential problems, Members whose vessels are sailing, berthing and operating in waters under Chinese jurisdiction should ensure that they are adequately prepared, as the local Maritime Safety Authority will be carrying inspections to ensure compliance.