a. Prior to 26 April 2019, Ballast Water Management Plan is to be approved in accordance with Resolution MEPC. 127(53).
b. On or after 26 April 2019, Ballast Water Management Plan is to be approved in accordance with Resolution MEPC. 127(53) as amended by the MEPC. 306(73).
c. Ballast Water Management Plans approved as per MEPC. 127(53) need not be re-submitted for approval for compliance with the amendments (vide MEPC. 306(73)). However, the plans must include a new section for Contingency Measures not later than 26 April 2019, either:
i. As an annex to the existing approved plan; or
ii. By inserting a new section within the existing approved plans indicating the date of the revision.
(Compliance to above requirement will be verified at the first BWMC survey after 26 April 2019)
d. Ballast Water Management Plans (approved as per MEPC. 127(53)) which are revised on or after 26 April 2019 such as due to the installation of a Ballast Water Management System for compliance to D-2 standard must comply with the amendments vide MEPC. 306(73).
e. Vessels coming into the Vanuatu Registry with BWM Plans already approved by a Vanuatu RO need not be re-approved provided that they have been approved in accordance with the above instructions based on the existing approval date under the previous flag.
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