1. IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its seventy-first session adopted resolution MEPC.290 (71), establishing the experience-building phase associated with the BWM Convention, to allow the Marine Environment Protection Committee to monitor and improve the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.
2. Further, discussions are being undertaken at IMO MEPC related to ports with challenging water quality, amendments in Ballast Water record book and issues related to interpretation of various Regulations of the BWM Convention.
3. In view of above, Indian Administration vide DGS Circular No. 15 of 2022 has informed regarding collection of data related to Ballast Water from Indian ships and foreign ships visiting Indian ports in order to identify and raise further concerns in relation to the Ballast Water Convention at lMO.
4. Accordingly, the Indian Administration requires:
a. All Indian ships to access Swacch Sagar Portal digitally and upload the data related to Ballast Water and its management on each arrival and departure from any port worldwide including Indian Ports. The data can be uploaded once in 15 days.
b. All foreign ships are also required to upload the data as above related to Ballast Water and its management at each arrival and departure from Indian ports. Non-completion may delay the ship due to port State Interventions.
5. The user manual for uploading the data is attached to the DGS Circular No. 15 of 2022.
6. Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to take note of above and ensure compliance.
This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.