Inquiries concerning the subject of this Notice should be directed to the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator

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IMO Circular
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ships into exclusive operation within waters under the jurisdiction of a
single Party, issued 15 April 2004
IMO Circular
, Guidance on contingency measures under
the BWM Convention, issued 26 July 2017
IMO Circular
, 2020 Guidance on ballast water
sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM
Convention and Guidelines (G, adopted 9 December 2020
IMO Circular
, Unified Interpretations to the BWM
Convention, adopted 13 December 2021
IMO Circular
, 2020 Guidance for the
commissioning testing of ballast water management systems, adopted 9 December 2020
RMI Maritime Regulations (
RMI Yacht Code (
RMI Marine Guideline
, Ballast Water Management
Technical Circular 25
, Ballast Water Management

Apr 2 of 9 MN 2-014-1 Republic of the Marshall Islands

This Marine Notice establishes the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator (the Administrator) requirements for the implementation of the International
Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention. This Notice supersedes Rev. Jul. It has been amended as follows
• Section 2.2 has been amended to clarify that a Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) can be approved by the Administrator directly, or by the Recognized Organization (RO) of the vessel on behalf of the Administrator.
• Section 4.3 has been amended to clarify that the Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code) must apply to systems that have been type-approved on or after 13 October 2019.
• Section 5.0 has been added to address the requirement for commissioning testing of a
• Section 11.1 has been amended to include the revised Guidance on ballast water sampling
and analysis for trial use (IMO Circular
), which includes updated tables on methodologies for determining compliance with the D standard. Accompanying guidance on definitions, ballast water exchange (BWE), ballast water management plans (BWMP), and ballast water management (BWM) with respect to offshore operations, yachts, and coastal States can be found in RMI Marine Guideline
The BWM Convention entered into force on 08 September 2017. The RMI is a Party to this Convention and acceded to it on 06 November 2009.

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