Ballast Water

CONTEXT

Vessels take on ballast water for reasons of trim, stability and safety. When ballast water is taken on in one part of the world, and then discharged in another, as required by cargo operations, it may be an unintentional source of non-indigenous aquatic species that may threaten the marine ecosystem of the receiving area. 

Given that proper management of ballast water is essential to minimize the risk of introduction of non-indigenous species in the marine environment, Fednav has adopted the following policy and objectives and distributed to all vessels within the fleet as operational guidelines for their implementation. 

It must be recognized that issues of safety are predominant at all times. 

POLICY

Fednav requires that all vessels within its fleet comply with all applicable international, national, and local ballast water requirements. [1]
Regardless of whether required under local or national rules, Fednav is committed to effecting ballast water exchange at sea and salt water flushing of empty ballast tanks whenever operationally feasible and safe. 
The masters of all Fednav vessels are provided with appropriate operational guidelines for the management of ballast water and must confirm in writing that they have understood these procedures. 

For vessels which are owned by companies within the Fednav, the technical managers are required to carry out inspections of ballast tanks annually and remove sediments during dry docking and as required.
Annual performance targets for ballast water are established and progress is measured through industry programs such as Green Marine and through Fednav's in-house environmental performance indicators. 
Fednav  is actively involved in the testing of ballast water treatment technologies with the objective of minimizing the risk of transfer and introduction of non-indigenous aquatic species.
Fednav  is working with state and federal authorities to develop effective interim treatment practices and procedures, pending the commercial availability of internationally and nationally approved onboard treatment systems.


[1] International, national, and local requirements for the management of ballast water are communicated to vessels through Fednav International Ltd. Operations Department, shipowners/shipmanagers and/or local ship agents. These include such requirements as the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments, the Canadian Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations, and the Shipping Federation of Canada Code of Best Practices for Ballast Water Management.