Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 - UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency FAQs
The UK has yet to ratify the Convention but is in the process of drafting the necessary legislation that will allow accession to the Convention to take place. The FAQs, which are based on queries received from interested stakeholders, can be readhere
Ballast Water Management FAQ (273 KB)
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The UK Club Correspondent, GAC Shipping Ltd, would like to remind Members of the commencement of bulk crew changes of international seafarers from 22nd December 2020, through the Offshore Crew Transit Hub (OCTH) operated by a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).