030/17/Gen.Inf. Latest update on IOPP Deharmonization

Following MEPC 70 decisions and as IMO Ballast Water Management Convention is scheduled to enter into force on 8 September 2017, a recent development that has emerged is the issue of IOPP certificate deharmonization with respect to the other key certificates of the ship. Scope of this update is to summarize an update on Flag administrations relevant circulars in an effort to assist operations to prepare for a smooth implementation of the Convention.
There have been the following two implementation schemes:

1. Compliance with D-2 at the first IOPP renewal survey after September 8, 2017. (currently available)
2. Compliance with D-2 at the first IOPP renewal survey completed after September 8, 2017, unless that survey is completed prior to September 8, 2019, in which case compliance is at the first IOPP renewal survey completed after September 8, 2019. (not available – this is only a proposal to be voted at MEPC 71 in July)

We have compiled a table herebelow collecting all relevant circulars

State : Antigua and Barbuda Circular : Information Notice 2016-003 (rev2) Subject : Ballast Water Management Date: 2016/11

State : Bahamas Circular : TECHNICAL ALERT No. 16-05 Rev.3 Subject : International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 Date: 2016/11

State : Barbados Circular : INFORMATION BULLETIN No. 264Subject : Ballast Water Management Convention: Entry into Force Date: 2017/01

State : Cyprus Circular : Circular No. 1/2017 Subject : International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (BWM Convention) Date: 2017/01

State : Germany Circular : Circular 03/2016 (ISM) Subject : International entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention Date: 2016/11

State : GibraltarCircular : Shipping Guidance Notice – 065 Subject : BWMC: Implementation – De-coupling the IOPP from the Harmonised System of Survey & Certification System (HSSC) Date: 2016/11

State : India Circular : Engineering Circular No. 02 of 2016 Subject : Issuance of Statement of Compliance (SoC) to Indian Flag vessels by RO on verification of compliance with the BWMC Date: 2016/12

State : Liberia Circular : Marine Advisory: 14/2016 Subject : Entry-into-force of the International Convention for BWM Convention Date: 2016/10

State : Luxembourg Circular : CAM 10/2016 Subject : Entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention IOPP Certificate Date: 2016/10

State : Norway Circular : Instruction no.: 1-2017 Subject : Instructions to Class concerning the application of the BWMC and de-coupling of the IOPP certificate from the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) Date: 2017/01

State : Marshall Islands Circular : Technical Circular No.25 Subject : Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention Date: 2016/12

State : Panama Circular : Merchant Marine Circular MMC-342 Subject : Implementation of IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (BWMC) Date: 2016/12

State : St. Vincent and the Grenadines Circular : No BWM 004 – Rev.2 Subject : International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments Date: 2016/12

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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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