Resolution MEPC.325(75) which amends the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention) will become effective on 01 June 2022.
The Resolution incorporates a requirement for commissioning testing at the time of system installation. This will be considered a requirement of the Initial or Additional Survey which grants issuance of certification reflecting D-2 compliance.
Resolution MEPC.325(75) also includes an amendment to the form of the International Ballast Water Management Certificate, which will add a field to acknowledge “Other” alternative ballast water management approaches employed on board that satisfy the objectives of the Convention.
The guidelines for the commissioning testing have been provided in BWM.2 Circular 70.