ARGENTINA: SAN LORENZO BALLAST WATER CHLORINATION

The Ballast Water Management Convention will come into force in Argentina on 8 September 2017 but in February this year the Argentine sanitary authorities in San Lorenzo enacted a separate resolution stating that certificates of chlorination were required from all ships in order for the ship to obtain clearance to enter the port.

Local correspondents, Pandi Liquidadores, have reported that there have been complaints from the shipping industry and also uncertainty about the extent and application of the chlorination rules and, therefore, the authorities are now reviewing the matter. The advice at the moment is not to chlorinate until the matter is officially clarified by the authorities. In all other respects, ships must comply with the usual ballast water regulations in effect for the area. For more detailed local advice Members are advised to contact local correspondents or agents.

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