Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations

Version of section 11 from 2011-10-27 to 2017-02-12:


Marginal note:Duty to carry on board and carry out

  •  (1) The authorized representative of a Canadian vessel or a foreign vessel and the owner and the operator of a pleasure craft must ensure that

    • (a) a ballast water management plan that meets the requirements of subsections (2) and (3) is carried on board; and

    • (b) the processes and procedures in the plan are carried out.

  • Marginal note:Contents — processes and procedures

    (2) The plan must set out the processes and procedures for the safe and effective management of ballast water, and must contain at least the following:

    • (a) a detailed description of the ballast water management processes that the vessel must use;

    • (b) a detailed description of the procedures that the crew must follow in order to carry out the ballast water management processes and to meet the requirements of these Regulations;

    • (c) a detailed description of the safety procedures that the crew and the vessel must follow;

    • (d) a detailed description of the procedures for the disposal of sediment resulting from the routine cleaning of spaces used to carry ballast water;

    • (e) in the case of ballast water management that involves release, a description of the procedures for coordinating it with Canadian authorities or, in the case of a Canadian vessel in the waters of a foreign state, the authorities of that state; and

    • (f) the procedures for completing and submitting the Ballast Water Reporting Form, as well as procedures for meeting the ballast water reporting requirements applicable to the vessel under the laws of other states.

  • Marginal note:Additional contents

    (3) The plan must also include the following:

    • (a) detailed description of the ballast water system, including the design specifications;

    • (b) for vessels that exchange ballast water through flow-through exchange, evidence of the stability of the tank boundary structure in cases where the tank head is equivalent to the full distance to the top of the overflow;

    • (c) for vessels that exchange ballast water through sequential exchange, a list of the exchange sequences that take account of the vessel’s strength, stability, minimum draught forward and propeller immersion, as well as a list of solutions to the problems of sloshing, slamming and ballast inertia;

    • (d) a description of the operational limits, such as acceptable wave height for various speeds and headings, for the safe and effective management of ballast water; and

    • (e) an identification of the officer on board who is responsible for ensuring that the processes and procedures referred to in subsection (2) are carried out.

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