Ballast water management (BWM)

There are new requirements for commercial and recreational vessels that undertake international voyages, and can carry non-permanent ballast water. Find out what rules apply to your vessel.

Ballast water management comes into effect in New Zealand on the 8th of September 2017.

Ballast water management applies to all New Zealand commercial and recreational vessels that:

  • have the ability to carry non-permanent ballast water, and
  • are undertaking international voyages

    An international voyage includes a voyage between two ports in another country.

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Your vessel must meet ballast water management requirements.

Part of the requirements will require survey of your vessel. Your vessel can be surveyed by either:

  • an MNZ recognised surveyor for the purposes of unlimited operations
  • a Part 300 recognised surveyor
  • a Recognised Organisation

For all BWM requirements, refer to the guidelines and application forms below.

Ballast water management guidelines[PDF: 1.59Mb, 44 pages] Ballast water management approval form[PDF: 289kb, 8 pages] Ballast water management plan approval form[PDF: 242kb, 8 pages]

Your vessel must meet ballast water management requirements.

Part of the requirements will require survey of your vessel. Your vessel can only be surveyed by a Recognised Organisation

For all BWM requirements, refer to the guidelines and application forms below.

Ballast water management guidelines[PDF: 1.59Mb, 44 pages] Ballast water management approval form[PDF: 289kb, 8 pages] Ballast water management plan approval form[PDF: 242kb, 8 pages]

Your vessel must meet ballast water management requirements.

Part of the requirements will require survey of your vessel. Your vessel can be surveyed by either:

  • a Part 300 recognised surveyor
  • a Recognised Organisation

For all BWM requirements, refer to the guidelines and application forms below.

Ballast water management guidelines[PDF: 1.59Mb, 44 pages] Ballast water management approval form[PDF: 289kb, 8 pages] Ballast water management plan approval form[PDF: 242kb, 8 pages]

Please review the Directors guidelines

Your options are either:

  • elect to comply with only section 1 of the Directors guidelines; or
  • elect to comply with only section 1 and 2 of the Directors guidelines; or
  • meet the requirements for a commercial vessel of the relevant size.

If you elect to follow only section 1 of the Directors Guidelines you will have no documentation for port state control.

If you elect to follow sections 1 and 2 of the Directors Guidelines you will have limited documentation for port state control and this may result in more detailed inspections.

If you elect to meet the requirements for a commercial vessel of the relevant size, you will be fully surveyed and certified for the purposes of ballast water management. To find out more about these requirements, change your answer at question 1 above to commercial and follow the prompts.

For all BWM requirements, refer to the guidelines and application forms below.

Director’s guidelines for ballast water management equivalent compliance[PDF: 230kb, 6 pages] Ballast water management equivalent compliance form[PDF: 206kb, 5 pages]

Exemptions

In very limited circumstances, your vessel may be granted an exemption for meeting ballast water management requirements if you have received an exemption from the coastal state to which you are travelling.

BWM guidelines

Read this for more help on managing BWM requirements for your vessel.

Ballast water management guidelines

[PDF: 1.59Mb, 44 pages]

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Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about ballast water management, please contact our Operator Certification team.

Phone:

New Zealand (toll free):
0508 22 55 22

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Email:

operators@maritimenz.govt.nz
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