IRClass supports the industry in complying with ballast water convention requirements

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The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) enters into force on 8th September 2017, and Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is prepared to support the industry in complying with the BWM Convention requirements.

IRClass has published comprehensive guidelines to assist ship owners, operators and shipyards in understanding the BWM Convention and the steps to be taken for ensuring compliance. IRClass has prepared an informative booklet on the BWM Convention requirements. Ship owners, operators and shipyards may download this booklet which is available from the website at

To ensure a seamless certification process, IRClass will be providing the following services:

Review and approval of ballast water management plan

Review of current ship arrangement (vessel type, capacity of pump, existing ballast piping diagram, available space, etc.) & selection of ballast water system type (depending upon space required, power required, and others parameters like fresh water, sea water, voyages consideration) and integration with the existing ballast water system, etc. and scrutiny of 3D scanning and detailed design

Advice on the feasibility of treatment systems for new buildings and retrofits, solutions to operational challenges

Approval of installation drawings

Approval of ballast water operational and technical manual

Conduct training workshops for ship and shore personnel

Initial survey and issuance of International Ballast Water Management Certificate to ships.