BEMA Releases Position Statement on BWMS Operation in Ports with Challenging Water Quality
The Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) has prepared a Position Statement to “…present technical information and considerations from the treatment system manufacturer and system component supplier perspectives.”
“BEMA and its Members are keen to ensure that BWMS installed on ships trading worldwide are installed correctly, and operate reliably and safely. BWMS equipment will deliver compliant and reliable performance when installed, maintained and operated in accordance with the maker’s OMSM and managing ballast water in accordance with the Type Approval. BEMA Members and industry experts acknowledge that there are real-world circumstances where the normal operation of a BWMS may be impacted by the prevailing environmental conditions, or a BWMS becomes unavailable due to a BWMS component malfunction or inadequate operation / maintenance, which can result in a scenario where water to be discharged from a ship may not be compliant with the standards.
“Further, BEMA agrees and advocates that specific contingency measures appropriate for the specific ship and BWMS are included in the approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP), as noted in BWM.2/Circ.62 and Resolution MEPC.306(73).”
Click here to read the full document along an the Executive Summary of BEMA’s Statement