IMO Ballast Water Management Convention – Compliance and Enforcement

Short Description/Aims

Examines the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWMC) which aims at preventing the risks arising from the transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP). State Parties and their Administrations must be prepared to meet the requirements and obligations of the Convention, particularly Compliance monitoring and Enforcement.

Learning Outcomes

After the course the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the main international instruments related to the topic
  • Describe the issue of Ballast Water and Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens
  • Identify the risk related to carriage of Ballast Water and the mitigation methods proposed by the BWMC
  • Draw the Port State Control process
  • Examine the methods and limits to control the effective implementation of the BWMC

Course Outline

  • Overview of the issue
  • Presentation of the network of instruments related to the topic
  • Description of the Convention
  • Presentation of the duties of States (Flag/Port/Coastal)
  • Focus on Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement mechanisms

Teaching & Learning Methods

  • Interactive Presentation
  • Video
  • Short wrap-up exercises
  • Case study and role play

Who should attend

Member of administrations Flag State and Port State Control Officers Shipping company personnel in charge of ships or their management

Additional Information

Reference package developed under the umbrella of the IMO used worldwide in national and regional workshop on the BWMC

Course length

2 days

EC Credit

1.0 EC

Mode of Delivery



Olof Lindén

Professor, Nippon Chair in Marine Environmental Management, Dr. Linden also holds a part time professorship in Coastal Management at the University of Kalmar.