Recently, the members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have agreed to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species by shipping. The “International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments”, 2004 (BMW Convention) was adopted for this purpose.
Although there is no legal requirement, it is expected that some countries will implement it in their national legislation. The focus on minimizing biofouling increases considerably within the IMO.
What is biofouling
Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or animals on wet surfaces. All ships have a certain amount of biofouling, even vessels that have recently been cleaned. Studies have shown that biofouling already starts within the first few hours after launching a ship.
The biofouling on a ship is influenced by a number of factors, such as design and construction, specific operational aspects, trade route, maintenance history, etc.
How can you comply with the treaty?
In order to meet the requirements of the treaty, registration of the factors that can influence biofouling is necessary. Thorough registration is crucial for the success of a good biofouling program. Registration is necessary, where it is important to organize the organization of the shipping company. It is therefore worthwhile to draw up a Biofouling Management Plan.
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In recent years we have specialized in developing and implementing specific required maritime manuals. Consider, for example, a Ballast Water Manual, Potable Water Manual and SOPEP Manual. The new Biofouling Management Plan is a logical addition to our services.