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Consultation Launch: Consultation on draft regulations for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments

29 March 2021

Consultation Launch: Consultation on draft regulations for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are seeking views on the draft Merchant Shipping (Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments) Regulations 2021 (“the draft Regulations”). The draft Regulations have been produced in order to implement into UK law the requirements of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (“the BWM Convention”). The draft Regulations form part of the package to allow the UK to accede to the BWM Convention.

To respond to the consultation, please review the consultation document, draft legislation, Marine Guidance Note, Merchant Shipping Notice, and Impact Assessment which are available on the GOV.UK website (external link), and provide your views on the following by 18:00 on Wednesday 16th June 2021:

• Whether the Impact Assessment represents a true reflection of the impact of the proposals.
• Whether the draft Regulations would implement the requirements of the BWM Convention accurately and appropriately.
• Whether the offences and penalties are appropriate.
• Whether the proposed guidance to accompany the draft Regulations is adequate.

Further points for consideration are included in the consultation document. Please send any comments to environment@mcga.gov.uk so that all responses may be collated and the documents reviewed as necessary prior to implementation.


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