AUSTRALIA: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT (BWM)
The IMO have just published a circular (BWM.2/Circ.59) with details of the Australian requirements for BWM on ships engaged in international voyages which is effective from 16 Jun 2016. From this date, Australia will accept the use of BWM systems which have received type approval through the IMO process. Ships which use BWM systems will need to carry an approved BWM plan and be surveyed and issued with a BWM certificate in accordance with the BWM Convention requirements. Under the new Australian requirements, ballast water exchange must take place outside 12nm from the nearest land and will not be permitted within 12 nm of the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef or part of the Torres Strait. The full text of the circular is attached.