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CTI-Maritec received ABS Approval for BWMS Commissioning Test

CTI-Maritec has got the approval certificate from ABS as a certified service provider to provide Biological Testing of BWMS during commissioning following installation.

Ballast water may be taken onboard by ships for stability and can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and animals, which are then carried across the globe. Untreated ballast water released at the ship’s destination could potentially introduce a new invasive marine species.  Hundreds of such invasions have already taken place, sometimes with devastating consequences for the local ecosystem.

Images from IMO
Images from IMO

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) was adopted in 2004 to introduce global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species. Entered into force on 8 September 2017. all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above to which the BWM Convention applies (including existing ships, except floating platform, FSUs and FPSOs) are required to possess International Ballast Water Management Certificate.

MEPC 75 (16 to 20 November 2020) has adopted the Amendment to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) to conduct commissioning testing so as to demonstrate through representative sampling and indicative analysis that a BWMS is working properly, according to the amendments, sampling and analysis should be conducted at commissioning testing for BWMS installed on board ships on or after 1 June 2022.

MEPC 75 also approved the 2020 Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems (BWM.2/Circ.70/Rev.1), and the 2020 Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2) (BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.2).

Prior to the entering into force of this amendment, following flag administrations require/recommend the early implementation so that the sampling analysis to be conducted in accordance with their instructions.

  • Requirement for early implementation by some flag states such as Australia, Cyprus, Singapore, Tuvalu, Greece, India
  • Recommended by Liberia, Panama (since July 2020), Bahamas

Apart from the approval from ABS, CTI is a test facility accepted by DNV (, Final approval from DNV and LR under-progress.

CTI-Maritec has own ballast water labs covered North, East, South China, always focus on our clients with 24/7 responsive Services with strong team of technical Professionals. we’re not only testing provider, our Core Values includes Vessel BWT System Risk Mitigation Solutions and Challenges for Vessel to pass the D-2 commissioning testing. such as Advisory to prepare your vessel ready for sampling check.

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