Swedish Experience implementing the BWMC, Henrik Ramstedt

Report
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
• Main steps towards ratification
• Main content of the “Ballast Water Convention – about a Swedish
Accession” SOU 2008:1
- Conclusions regarding ballast water management options
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Swedish implementation of the BWMC
13 Feb 2004
7 Oct 2004
25 Feb 2005
Convention adopted by IMO
Swedish Maritime Administration gets
assignment from government to investigate:
- need of constitutional amendments
- advise on how to facilitate implemention
- assess consequences of a ratification
Assignment reported.
Calls for further clarification on
several issues!
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Swedish implementation of the BWMC
15 Feb 2007
Government appoints a special investigator to led a
official investigation of the State (SOU)
2 Feb 2008
“Ballast Water Convention – about a Swedish
Accession” was reported to Government.
9 Juni 2009
Decision by the Government to put forward
the legal proposition to Parliament
23 Nov 2009
Sweden ratifies the Convention
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
The new Ballast Water Act is adopted by Parliament
New Ordinance
Authority Regulations
Ongoing cooperation with North Sea countries, HELCOM and
EMSA on several issues
Risk assessment
Exchange
Exemptions
Sampling and analysis
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
Main content of the “Ballast Water Convention – about a Swedish
Accession” SOU 2008:1
• Draft of law and constitutional amendments and regularization
• Background and general conditions
- About the convention
- analysis of international development
• Assessment of consequences
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
Conclusions and assessments regarding ballast water management:
• BW reception facilities not appropriate
• BW exchange according to B-4.1 is not possible for
most of the ships that call at Swedish ports
• Designated exchange areas not appropriate in Swedish economic
zone
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
Aspects considered when evaluating designated exchange areas:
- Conditions for survival and for spread of organisms
salinity, distance from land, wind, streams, et cetera
- Impact on areas valuable for fishing and biodiversity
- Concerns for ships - safety, routes
- Water quality – e.g. presence of algae
Swedish implementation of the BWMC
BWM.1/Circ.10 Accession by Sweden
Reservation of not fully complying the Convention
“Due to geographical, hydrographical and hydrological conditions,
Sweden cannot fully comply with the requirements regarding
Ballast Water exchange, and will therefore not fully comply with
the requirements of the said Convention until the year 2017. In
addition, regulation B-3.3 will not be applied until the second
yearly survey of ships, but at the latest by the end of December
2011.”

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