Angola, Africa, maritime authority draws attention of masters to its ballast water management requirements
All vessels coming from outside Angola must follow Angolan Executive Decree 12-05, article 10 regarding ballast water management. It appears to the Angolan authority that the relevant information has not been passed on to ships' master.
The decree states that Operators must ensure that vessels and/or installations originating fromoutside the country and operating under their responsibility follow Angolan Executive Decree 12-05, Article 10 regarding ballast water management as follows:
A) Have the means recommended by the international maritime organisation
for managing ballast water, namely the following as applicable:
i. a ballast water management plan as an integral part of the operational
plan for the installation;
ii. a record book in which the following are recorded:
1. The coordinates of the loading/discharge points, the quantity of
water loaded/discharged, the capacity of the tanks as well as the date of
operations and the duration of the discharge.
2. The location of the sampling points.
3. The date when sediments were last cleaned.
4. The names of the persons responsible for implementing the ballast water
management plan and of the person responsible for the records
B) Proceed, immediately after loading, to treating the ballast water with the minimum quantity of biocide needed to eliminate micro-organisms;
C) Proceed with exchanging ballast water at a distance of over 100 nautical miles from the Angolan coast.