As everyone in the industry knows, ballast water exchange is an important process, but it’s one which involves several complex processes. There are a number of recognised guidelines which need to be followed in order to ensure the water is as safe and hygienic as it can possibly be. The presence of any harmful bacteria,viruses and invasive species on a ship can have catastrophic effects, so our highly developed Ballast Water Test Kits are vital. Easy to use and reliably accurate, the kit enables user companies to remain compliant with current and future legislation and guidelines. Exchanging ballast water in a timely, efficient and safe manner is an important aspect of modern marine life, but it should always be monitored effectively. With CMT on your side, you can be sure that your vessels and offshore installations are operating properly.

The Ballast Water Certificate are issued after successful inspection and are valid for 5 years. For renewal and random inspections, maintaining the ballast water system operating requirements in line with the IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004) will be required. The IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004) specifies three different standards:

1) Ballast Water Exchange Standard
2) Ballast Water Performance Standard
3) Ballast Water Health Standard

The Exchange Standard specifies the exchange of ballast water at sea. It specifies the replacement of 95% of the ballast water which can be monitored with the CMT Ballast Water Test Kits.

The Performance Standard cares about the performance of the system and specifies the maximum number of viable organism in the ballast water which are classified as bigger than 10 or 50 micron.

The Health Standard defines limits for indicators which could cause health problems. It specifies the maximum number of Cholerae, E.coli and Enterococci bacteria as well as the total viable count of any bacteria in the ballast water.

The Ballast Water Performance Standard and the Ballast Water Health Standard have two phases. Phase one is in place since 2012 and phase two will come into force from January 2016 with even higher specifications.

Ships are required to have an Ballast Water Management Plan and a Ballast Water Record Book. The Ballast Water Record Book is essential to prove compliance with the three Ballast Water Standards. The CMT Ballast Water Test Kits will provide all equipment to ensure and prove compliance with the IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004)