Sample Ballast Water Management Plan
The outline of a ballast water management plan for guidance is given below:
Introduction: It should contain the information about the relevant conventions.
Ship Particulars: Particulars like length, beam, IMO number, ship’s name, flag, registry, gross tonnage, draft, total ballast capacity, and the international call sign.
Purpose: It should explain the need of ballast water management and importance of correct record keeping.
Plans & drawings of the ballast system: It should consist of ballast tanks arrangement, ballast capacity plan, ballast water piping and pumping arrangement, ballast pump capacities, installed ballast treatment systems etc.
Description of the ballast system: Description of the ballasting and de-ballasting system used on board.
Ballast water sampling points: It should have the list and the location of the sampling points.
Safety restrictions: It should tell about the dangers of enclosed space entries, danger of blocked air vents and other safety instructions.
Description of the methods used on board: It should explain in detail the method of ballast water exchange and treatments (in emergency) used in board.
Methods of communication: It should contain guide lines to communicate with coastal authorities like AQIS in Australia.
Duties of ballast water management officer: It must explain the duties and responsibilities of the ballast water management officer.
Recording requirements: It will explain what all is to be recorded in the log book.
Crew training and familiarization: As this is a new requirement, the crews have to be familiarized about the same by conducting meetings and video screening.
The above is the brief outline of the ballast water management plan. It has to be made ship specific and company specific and approved by the approving authority such as the flag state.
Thus in the view of International guide lines and requirements of all ships plying world wide a ballast water management plan is required to be on board ship. All the Deck and Engineer Officers must be conversant with the plan and their duties there in.