---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PREFECTURA NAVAL ARGENTINA (ARGENTINE COAST GUARD

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ORDINANCE N°7-98 (DPMA)
VOLUME 6
REGULATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
PREVENTION OF CONTAMINATION WITH WATER ORGANISMS IN THE BALLAST OF
VESSELS BOUND FOR ARGENTINE PORTS IN THE RIO DE LA PLATA (RIVER PLATE)
BASIN
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RESOLVES

ARTICLE 1: All ocean-going vessels proceeding from foreign ports carrying ballast water on
board and heading for Argentine ports to arrive to which vessels must at some point sail the Río
de la Plata (River Plate), must discharge or change the ballast water before entering said
waterway and its pollution prohibition zone just outside its outer limits (1). Whenever possible,
the ballast tanks will be cleaned in order to remove all sediments.
ARTICLE 2: The vessels mentioned in the above article 1, bound for topping off or lightening
operations which call for the vessels to sail within the Río de la Plata or the pollution
prohibition zone just outside its outer limits, will comply with the above article 1 when the
cargo is destined to or coming from an Argentine port.
ARTICLE 3: Those vessels mentioned in the above articles which opt to de-ballast and remain
without ballast, will abstain from cleaning the ballast tanks
or removing its sediments within the pollution prohibition zone just outside the outer limits of
the Río de la Plata, the river waters or in the Argentine ports within the respective basin.
ARTICLE 4: Those vessels which cannot comply with articles 1 and 2 will hold on board the
ballast water, until they are back outside the Río de la Plata basin and the pollution prohibition
zone just outside its outer limits.
ARTICLE 5: When the above mentioned vessels approach the Río de la Plata and the pollution
prohibition zone just outside its outer limits sailing into the area, upon calling the Río de la
Plata Coastal CONTRASE radio station to coordinate entry, the pilot, in the case of foreign flag
vessels, or the master, in Argentine flag vessels, will inform the radio station operator which of
the above alternatives has been applied on board, and further details as per article 6 in this
resolution.
ARTICLE 6: In connection with the above articles, the Master will set down in the daily
navigation book the following information referred to the de-ballasting, change of ballast or the
holding on board of the ballast water.
6.1
Vessel's position (lat. and long.), date and time of operation's beginning.
6.2
Total quantity (In cubic meters or tons) of water discharged or changed.
6.3
Place of origin of the discharged ballast water (if applicable).
6.4
Identification and capacity (in cubic meters or tons) of the ballast tanks involved in the
operation (including emergency ballast tanks)
6.5
Quantity (in cubic meters or tons) of unchanged ballast water held on board, and in
which tanks held.
6.6
Vessel's position (lat. and long.), date and time of operation's end.
6.7
Method used for changing the ballast water (Art. 7)

once its viability is proven. since its application is limited. as part of the Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water to Minimize the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogenic Agents. if they fall within a method. as well as any infringements sanctions due to the responsible party. 801. 7. set down in Res. with a minimum time span before the intended date for use of: 8. 8. the ballast change operation will be considered unsatisfactorily carried out. A. ARTICLE 10: The compliance with this resolution will be as per the Guidelines for Safetyrelated Aspects in the Change of Ballast Water at Sea established by IMO.1 Three (3) months. ARTICLE 12: The Coast Guard is entitled to seal the ballast tank valves or ballast pumps of those vessels opting for the alternative in Article 4. or carried out too close to the Río de la Plata. and check through any method deemed convenient the presence of harmful aquatic organisms. in which case Articles 4 and 12 of this resolution are applicable. equipment or technology approved through a resolution of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee. When their destination is not any given port but a location in national .3 One (1) year.2 Continuous flow. whatever their operative condition. by IMO.0601 of REGINAVE) certified for international ocean navigation will comply with this resolution. Argentine ports in the Río de la Plata basin.1 Total emptying and refill.868 (20). ARTICLE 14: The naval artifacts and platforms (the latter understood as the term is defined in Art.3 Overflow. ARTICLE 13: In those vessels opting for any of the alternatives in Article 7 of this resolution. ARTICLE 11: The Coast Guard is entitled to take samples of the tank's. If these methods are to be used instead of the above described. pipes' and pumps' contents. In all cases. to make sure that the ballast water not changed at sea is not discharged on the way to. but not approved. or they have unwanted side effects. system. if they fall within studies not approved by IMO nor scientifically checked by IMO. they must be recommended by the International Maritime Organization. The request must include a detailed comprehensive report. without whose approval the proposed method shall not be accepted. being subject to the obligations and prohibitions herein included. ballast water must have a salinity of at least 30 parts per mil (30mg/cm³). included in Annex 2 of this resolution. which will issue the respective Professional Commendation Certificate. or within. ARTICLE 8: The Coast Guard may contemplate the possibility of allowing methods for treating ballast water. tests and studies will be on the account of the requesting party. others than those mentioned in Article 7. ARTICLE 9: The options in Annex 1-b to this resolution are accepted only as a complementary to the ballast water management methods mentioned in Article 7.ARTICLE 7: The accepted methods for changing ballast water are (see Annex 1-a): 7. 8. as well as checking that there is compliance with the requirements of this resolution. All expenses related with said analysis. The request must include all the background information and a complete technical record to be submitted to a specialized laboratory.2 Six (6) months. signed by at least two professionals who are reputed experts in the field and are registered with an Argentine professional register. if they fall within studies and experiments scientifically carried out. In case the samples tested had a lower salinity. 7. these methods will be submitted in writing for approval.

493-92. Long.1 For Argentine flagged vessels.091-87. If the agents do not have the evidence of communication then they will be concurrently responsible. thence to a point at 36° 14' S. 1993. from there to a point at Lat. Long. 61 days as from the date of heading to this resolution (November 2 nd. and those incorporated in the future liable to be considered as Argentine flagged. The agents must keep a copy of the evidence of said communication. 61 days after the publication of this resolution by the International Maritime Organization. and from there back to the point of origin in Punta del Este. (3) Articles 145 and 146 of Navigation Law 20. 101-646. 1. ARTICLE 15: The Shipping Agencies of the Argentine ports within the Río de la Plata basin must inform in due time the vessels and shipping companies by them represented about the requirements of this resolution.094.645.L. that location will be considered as Argentine port as far as the application of this resolution is concerned. 53° 32' W. those registered as per Decrees 1. Shipping Agencies must justify the compliance of this resolution with the Coast Guard. Buenos Aires. September 4th.jurisdiction within the area described in Article 1.P.2 For foreign flag vessels. 1998 Jorge Humberto Maggi Head of the Argentine Coast Guard (1) The Río de la Plata and Maritime Front Treaty. 37° 32' S. 34397 and 1. by a certified means of communication. 1998). as per the 1990 Act to Prevent and Control Non Domestic Aquatic Organisms . establishes in its Article 78 a "contaminating actions prohibition area" delimited by an imaginary line joining Punta del Este (Uruguay) with Punta Rasa at Cabo San Antonio (Argentina). (4) Sea water salinity oscillates between 34 and 36 per mil.772-91. The level adopted is the same as used in the USA as from May 10th. approved by Law 20. If the captains were to allege ignorance on this issue. 55° 23' W. due to omission. (2) Coast Guard Traffic Control and Navigation Safety Service. 16. . ARTICLE 16: This resolution will be in effect as from: 16.