West of England P&I Club informed that the implementation of the new ballast water (BWM) regulations in Argentina, as published on April, has been suspended, according to the Club’s representatives Pandi Liquidadores.
Until the authorities review the regulations, a suspension was decided due to the general complaints of the shipping industry and the lack of clarity as to the extent and application of the aforementioned resolution.
“In addition, the Ministry of Health decided to close the Sanitary Unit at San Lorenzo port (only entity who attempted to implement the resolution so far), thereafter, the chlorinating / certificates are no longer being requested”, the Club notes.
For the time being, the Centro de Navegacion (agents’ chamber) recommends not to chlorinate, until the matter is officially clarified by the Authorities.
“Whilst Resolution 85-E/2017 remains in force – until the entrance into force of the BWM Convention – same it is not being implemented and the operators are suggested not to perform said chlorinating process, until further notice. The usual ballast regulation shall be complied as per Coastguards’ regulations.”