Argentina-based correspondent Pandi Liquidadores SRL has released a circular relating to “new provisions on ballast water management: ballast chlorinating”. In 2005 Argentina ratified the “International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM), 2004”. The BWM Convention will enter into force on September 8th 2017, but the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable development enacted Resolution 85-E/2017, published on February 15th 2017, which came into force on February 24th 2017. Until the BWM Convention enters into force, this Resolution compels all ships calling at Argentinean ports to comply with not only Coastguards Ordinance 7/98 (in force and practice for many years now) but also to apply at roads a “Chlorinating Procedure” on the ballast tanks according with the provisions of the Resolution 159/99 issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Action, which establishes a proportion of chlorine to be applied of 15 PPM.
Pandi Liquidadores noted that, after coming into force, the Resolution was not applied. But recently the sanitary authorities at San Lorenzo port commenced requesting the certificate of chlorination as per the new regulation. In general, for the
time being at San Lorenzo port, the ship agents are providing chlorine to the vessels that do not have it on board, for the Crew to perform the chlorination and the Master to issue the certificate as per section 2 of the Resolution.
The correspondents said that other jurisdictions might adopt a similar practice and therefore suggested that Steamship members seek instructions on this matter from the ship’s agents prior to arrival.