01 AUG 2006
Ships must issue a “Ballast Water Notification” to the maritime authority and keep a special “Ballast Water Register Book”, which should record every ballast water discharge including to terminal reception facilities as well as accidental and other exceptional discharges. Vessels should also have a ballast water management plan.
Local authorities will establish sensitive no discharge zones.
As ballast taken in foreign waters may be seen by the authorities as coming from a different environment, whenever possible ballast water to be discharged at Peruvian ports should be changed/taken in the adjacent area beyond 12 miles from the coast.
We thank Gard’s Peruvian correspondents, Messrs Overseas Service Agency S.A. for the above information.