As of May 2006 the regulations regarding change of ballast water before arriving at Peruvian ports have been reviewed; Directorial Resolution 178-96-DCG in force since 1996 has been superseded by Directorial Resolution 072-2006-DCG. All national and foreign ships discharging ballast water in Peruvian ports must have changed ballast water at sea 12 miles beyond the coast.
Members should be aware that in Annex A of the Directorial Resolution, steps 3 and 4 mention the existence of step 5 which has not been published with the resolution for unknown reasons. Ship agents acting for the ship must provide updated instructions to all ships before arriving at Peruvian ports including the format of Annex A, on the ship’s arrival at the port.
Newly incorporated by the Resolution 072-2006-DCG are the following
Port State Control enforced by the Maritime Authority may
It is important to note that ballast water taken on board at sea beyond the 12 mile coastal zone may be seen as coming from a different environment. Unless necessary for safety reasons, Members are advised to have their ships change ballast as close to the 12 mile coastal zone as practicable to avoid complications on arrival at the port.
Source of information:
Overseas Service Agency S.A.