230/17/Gen.Inf. New BW initiative at Saudi Aramco ports and terminals

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced a new initiative concerning all ships from international waters at Saudi Aramco ports and terminals. From August 16, these vessels will be required to provide a ballast water sample and report.

In particular, all ships should provide a printed version of their ballast water sample report, via their local agent, to Saudi Aramco Environmental Protection Department (EPD).

The report should be submitted with a completed version of the latest Saudi Aramco “Ballast Water Sampling Form” during any visit to Saudi Aramco ports or terminals from 16 August. All operational delays will be on the Owner / Agency account.

ISS provides further details as follows:

The completed documents should be sent to the EPD at ballastwatermanagement@aramco.com

For any further information or if you have any enquiries about this initiative, then please contact ISS at: YourISS.KSA@iss-shipping.com

A sample will need to be provided by any ships arriving from international waters outside of ROPME or PERSGA sea areas. Indicative sampling must be conducted on-board and upon arrival at any Saudi Aramco port or terminal, and / or during de-ballasting discharge following BW G2 guidelines.

The ship owner / operator should arrange – via their agent – the indicative sampling test to be taken by a third party surveyor, who will take three representative samples from the top, middle and bottom of one tank.

Source : ISS

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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