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Directorate Resolution 072-2006-DCG, which came into force in Peru in May 2006, requires all ships trading internationally, coming from foreign ports and having Peruvian ports as destination or ports of call, to change their ballast water beyond 12 miles from the coast. Ballast not previously changed can not be discharged at Peruvian ports even if treated, unless authorisation to discharge in a designated area is granted by the maritime authority (harbour master).

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.

Gard News 183, August/October 2006

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