UPDATE – HARMONIZED VOLUNTARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION


Areas in the Mediterranean Sea meeting the requirements set out in Regulation B-4.1.2 of the
Ballast Water Management Convention
(at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land in waters of at least 200 meters depth)


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published a Circular informing that the Mediterranean Sea region voluntary implements the ballast water regulations from January 1st, 2012.


THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION ADOPTS BWM CONVENTION


The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) has adopted under
voluntary basis the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments
(please refer to Article 13/Paragraph 3 of the Convention) from January 1st, 2012.
More specifically, as per IMO BWM.2/Circ.35 all ships before entering or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea area
shall undertake ballast water exchange. The exchange of ballast water shall be carried out according to the
standards outlined in regulation D-1 of the Convention and shall be at least 200 nautical miles from the nearest
land and in water and in waters at least 200 meters in depth (please refer to Regulation B-4.1.1 of the Convention).
As per Regulation B-4.1.2 of the Convention in cases where this is not possible, either due to deviating the ship
from its intended voyage or relaying the ship, or for safety reasons, the exchange should be undertaken before the
ship is entering or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea area, as applicable, as far from the nearest land as possible
and in all cases in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and in waters of at least 200 meters
depth.


Moreover, ships engaged in traffic as outlined below shall undertake ballast water exchange as far from the nearest
land as possible and in all cases in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and in water of at least
200 meters in depth:
􀂃 Port located within the Mediterranean Sea area; or
􀂃 Port located in the Black Sea area and a port located in the Red Sea area; or
􀂃 Port located in the Black Sea and a port located in the Mediterranean Sea area; or
􀂃 Port located in the Red Sea area and a port located in the Mediterranean Sea area.
The areas, one of which being unfit for ballast water exchange due to size, where such requirements are met in the
Mediterranean Sea area, appear in the map provided overleaf.
Added to the above and as per IMO BWM.2/Circ.35 sediments collected during the cleaning or repairing of ballast
tanks should be delivered in sediment reception facilities in ports and terminals (please refer to Article 5 of the
Convention). If this is not the case then it shall be discharged beyond 200 nautical miles from the nearest land of


the coastline when the ship is sailing in the Mediterranean Sea area.
It is very important to note that each vessel calling at a port within the Mediterranean Sea area is required to have
on board a Ballast Water Management Plan complying with the requirements of the Guidelines for Ballast Water
Management and Development of Ballast water Management Plans as per IMO Resolution MEPC.127(53) adopted on
July 22nd, 2005 and also to keep a record of all ballast water operation carried out.

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