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Ballast Water Regulations (SOR/2021-120)

Regulations are current to 2024-02-06

Regulation B-3 of the Annex — Ballast Water Management (continued)

Alternative Methods of Ballast Water Management

Marginal note:Alternative methods

 A vessel may, instead of conducting ballast water management to meet the ballast water exchange standard or the ballast water performance standard, as applicable,

  • (a) conduct ballast water management in accordance with an alternative method referred to in regulation B-3.7 of the Annex if that method has been approved in accordance with the requirements of that regulation; or

  • (b) release potable water, taken on board as ballast water from a public or commercial source in Canada or the United States, into waters under Canadian jurisdiction or on the high seas if it has not been mixed with other ballast water, including residual amounts, or with sediments.

Regulation B-4 of the Annex — Ballast Water Exchange

Marginal note:Areas for exchange

  •  (1) A vessel that enters waters under Canadian jurisdiction from waters other than the United States’ waters of the Great Lakes Basin and that conducts ballast water management to meet the ballast water exchange standard must conduct the exchange

    • (a) in an area that is at least 200 nautical miles from the nearest land and where water depth is at least 2 000 m;

    • (b) in an area described in, and in accordance with, regulation B-4.1 of the Annex, if the vessel cannot meet the requirements of paragraph (a); or

    • (c) in one of the alternate ballast water exchange areas designated by the Minister in TP 13617, if the vessel cannot meet the requirements of paragraph (a) or (b).

  • Marginal note:Record keeping

    (2) The master of a vessel that does not comply with subsection (1) must enter the reasons in the ballast water record book.

Regulation C-1 of the Annex — Additional Measures

Releases in Canadian Fresh Waters

Marginal note:Exchange requirement

  •  (1) In addition to meeting the requirements of the Convention, a vessel that conducts ballast water management to meet the ballast water performance standard must not release ballast water in Canadian fresh waters described in TP 13617 unless that ballast water was first exchanged in accordance with the ballast water exchange standard

    • (a) in an area, and in the manner, described in subsection 14(1), if the sequential method — as described in the 2017 Guidelines for ballast water exchange (G6), published by the International Maritime Organization — was used; or

    • (b) on the high seas, in any other case.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the ballast water to be released was taken on board in waters under Canadian jurisdiction, in the United States’ waters of the Great Lakes Basin or in waters in an area described in subsection 14(1) and has not been mixed with residual amounts taken elsewhere than from those waters.

  • Marginal note:Exception — extraordinary conditions

    (3) A vessel is not required to exchange ballast water in accordance with subsection (1) if the master determines, on reasonable grounds, that the exchange would threaten the safety or stability of the vessel, its crew or its passengers because of adverse weather, vessel design or stress, equipment failure or any other extraordinary conditions.

  • Marginal note:Record keeping

    (4) The master of a vessel that does not comply with subsection (1) must enter the reasons in the ballast water record book.

Saltwater Flushing

Marginal note:Residual amounts

  •  (1) In addition to meeting the requirements of the Convention, a vessel that conducts ballast water management to meet the ballast water exchange standard must conduct a saltwater flushing of tanks that contain only residual amounts unless those residual amounts were taken on board in accordance with the ballast water exchange standard and subsection 14(1).

  • Marginal note:Saltwater flushing

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), saltwater flushing consists of the following measures undertaken in the following order:

    • (a) the addition of water to the ballast tanks in accordance with the requirements for ballast water exchange set out in subsection 14(1);

    • (b) the mixing, through the motion of the vessel, of the water added under paragraph (a) with the residual amounts and any sediments that have settled in the tanks; and

    • (c) the release, in accordance with the requirements for ballast water exchange set out in subsection 14(1), of the waters mixed under paragraph (b) so that the salinity of the resulting residual amounts in the tanks exceeds 30 parts per thousand or is as close as possible to 30 parts per thousand.

Regulation D-3 of the Annex — Ballast Water Management Systems

Marginal note:Minister’s approval

 Any ballast water management system used on a Canadian vessel or a Canadian pleasure craft must be approved by the Minister in accordance with regulation D-3 of the Annex.

Marginal note:Type Approval Certificate

 A vessel must keep on board a copy of the Type Approval Certificate issued in respect of a ballast water management system installed on the vessel that evidences the system’s approval under regulation D-3 of the Annex.

Regulation D-4 of the Annex — Prototype Ballast Water Treatment Technologies

Marginal note:Statement of Compliance

 A vessel that is participating in one of the programs referred to in regulation D-4 of the Annex must hold and keep on board a valid Statement of Compliance referred to in the Guidelines for approval and oversight of prototype ballast water treatment technology programmes (G10), published by the International Maritime Organization.

Section E of the Annex — Inspection and Certification Requirements

Certificates

Marginal note:IBWM Certificate

 Every vessel to which regulation E-1 of the Annex applies must hold and keep on board a valid IBWM Certificate.

Regulation E-2 — Issuance of IBWM Certificate

Marginal note:Issuance of certificate

 On application by the authorized representative of a Canadian vessel or a Canadian pleasure craft, the Minister must issue an IBWM Certificate to the vessel or pleasure craft if the requirements of an initial or renewal inspection set out in section E of the Annex are met.

Marginal note:Endorsements

 A Canadian vessel or a Canadian pleasure craft that holds an IBWM Certificate must ensure that the certificate is endorsed by the Minister as required by section E of the Annex.

Vessels of Non-Parties to the Convention

Marginal note:Equivalent document

 A vessel that is entitled to fly the flag of a state that is not a party to the Convention must not take on board or release ballast water in waters under Canadian jurisdiction unless that vessel holds and keeps on board a document issued by or on behalf of the government of that state that certifies that the vessel meets the requirements of the Convention.

Reporting

Marginal note:Canadian Ballast Water Reporting Form

 The master of a vessel that is bound for a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area in Canada must, in the manner specified by the Minister, submit a completed Canadian Ballast Water Reporting Form to the Minister.

Consequential Amendments, Repeal and Coming into Force

Consequential Amendments

Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices (CSA 2001) Regulations

 [Amendments]

Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations

 [Amendments]

Repeal

 The Ballast Water Control and Management RegulationsFootnote 3 are repealed.

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Registration

 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

 

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