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Sec: BWM-A/Ch 6 Date: 20.01.2012 Revision: 2 Prep: AW Appr: KND Page 1 of 2

Chapter 6 Sediment Management
6.1 Some species survive in the sediment of ballast water tanks for months on end. This factor might result in some port states restricting stripping of tanks in port even though mid ocean ballast water exchange had been carried out as per the requirements of this plan or those of the port state. Where practical, removal of sediment should be carried out periodically in the normal course of trading. Flushing by using water movement within a tank to bring sediment into suspension will remove a part of the mud. This method of sediment reduction can be carried out for DB tanks by filling clean ballast between ½ to 1 meter sounding in relatively mild weather conditions and keeping it for a period of 6 hours prior pumping it out. During annual tank inspections if sediment accumulation is observed to be excessive, it may be hosed down and stripped and if possible de-mucked. It should be kept in mind that removal of sediment from a ballast tank carries all the risks of working in an enclosed space and that enclosed space entry and work procedures as laid down in the company’s manuals are to be followed along with the enclosed space entry checklist. Additionally, it must be kept in mind that when the sediment (which may have lain undisturbed for a long time) is stirred up in the course of removal, it may give off toxic gases or gases that may cause asphyxiation and the appropriate measures must be taken to protect the personnel carrying out the task. More thorough removal should be left for dry dockings or lay ups. This shall be discussed and decided in consultation with the Ship’s Superintendent. Sediments may be removed from spaces designated for carriage of ballast water or from spaces, other than spaces containing oil or which contained oil, where ballast water was carried for any special purpose as follows: 6.5.1 Prior surveys of tanks. 6.5.2 Prior or during dry-docking 6.5.3 As required by the Company. 6.5.4 If necessarily required by port authorities. The Master is required to consult the Ship Superintendent with regard to such requirement before carrying out the sediment removal. 6.5.5 Any other reason as deemed necessary by the Master in consultation with the Ship Superintendent or by the Company office. The sediments shall be disposed off in compliance with the requirements of Section 6.2, when the ship is at sea. The required entries shall be made in the Ballast Water Record Book, the ship’s log book and in any other reporting form as required by the Port State.
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the ship’s log book and in any other form as required by the Port State.7 If the ship is in a dry-dock or at a cargo berth or a repair berth or an anchorage or any other facility within a port. operational capability and maintenance of the ship. after obtaining an approval from the Ship Superintendent. and the sediments need to be discharged. this plan does not apply and more stringent requirements shall be applicable. fresh water tank. oil/fuel tank. 6. Disposal of sediments from such spaces shall be carried out after consultation with the Ship Superintendent. the ship’s log book and in any other form as required by the Port State. HONG KONG BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN ‘M. if the Master decides that he can store the sediments on the ship without hampering the safety.8 6. However.g. The disposal of the sediments shall depend upon the final mixture. In certain cases. A receipt/certificate regarding such disposal shall be obtained from the facility and the required entries shall be made in the Ballast Water Record Book.01. V.. If for any reason. .ANGLO-EASTERN SHIP MANAGEMENT LTD.9 Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd. he may carry the sediments on ship and discharge the same as per Section 7. the sediments shall be landed to the concerned facility for further disposal or to a shore reception facility as appropriate. The required entries shall be made in the Ballast Water Record Book. DISCHARGE OF SEDIMENTS IS NOT PERMITTED IN BALLAST WATER REGULATED AREAS. her cargo and the safety of persons on board.). security. such as when carried in bunker oil tanks. etc. due regard shall be given to the original contents of the tank.2012 Revision: 2 Prep: AW Appr: KND Page 2 of 2 6. ballast was carried in spaces designated for other purposes (e.3 of chapter 7 of this plan. BONN EXPRESS ’ Sec: BWM-A/Ch 6 Date: 20.