The Code for approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS Code) will take effect on 13 October 2019. From that date on, BWMS have to be tested in accordance with the Code, where previously there were only Guidelines for testing purposes. BWMS approved before 28 October 2018 may be installed before 28-October 2020.

Some BWMS may require updates on the tests they have conducted so far. On a number of occasions, we have conducted gap analyses and identified which additional tests have to be conducted to bridge the gap.

Test should be undertaken under the supervision of a national administration. MEA-nl has worked with many national administrations, such as the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, China and others.