Dispatches No. 333

Chlorination of Ballast Water in Argentina – response received from one of our members regarding Chlorination requirement:

This regulation has been in place for many years according to our local office, who instruct our vessels accordingly. What seems to have changed is the enforcement by the Argentina CG.

The below is from our local agents in BA but would suggest you check out the same with your local agents as well.

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nothing changed, the regulation about ballast and chlorination are in force since years and years

(could be checked just reading the pre-arrivals sent onto ships several years ago specifically the regulations about ballast and chlorination etc)

would say in line with international policies in several countries with ports located in inland rivers

is true that in last years the authorities (Coast Guard) were very “light” to check ballast procedures

now the authorities are more careful to check that the regulations are being followed

Usual pre-arrival (2015)

4.3) BALLAST

AAA) Ships coming from abroad loaded or in empty condition but having ballast on board must change the ballast shipped from any previous port with oceanic salt water ballast by any one of the three (3) methods briefing here below:

The total operations of de-ballasting/ballasting must be completed prior crossing the outer limits of River Plate which is determined by an imaginary line  connecting:  Punta del Este (Uruguay) Lat 35.00 S Long 55.00 W and Cabo San Antonio (Argentina) Lat 36.20 S Long 56.45 W. Thence Lat 37.32 S Long 55.23 W towards Lat 36.14 S Long 53.22 W. The above area is considered as external limits of River Plate occasionally with brackish water or with salinity less than 1025.

Entries to be made on ship´s log book, coinciding with engine’s and ballast log books and to mention : Time and geographical position commenced de-ballasting/ballasting. Time finished and position.  Number of Double Bottoms ( dry cargo ships) or tanks, Fore and After peaks or any tank used for operation. (Coast Guard might  demand abstracts of above upon arrival Port).

Entries report should include :
Method used
The actual salinity of shipped ballast must not be less than 1025.
Quantity of ballast shipped.

Methods to follow the above operations:

1. Gradually de ballasting totally one by one each double bottom, tanks or peaks or TST, Operations would depend on actual weather conditions, immediately to re-ballast the totally emptied compartment.

2. Circulating method, It requires minimum three times the total quantity of tank capacity to be re-circulated with fresh ballast water, It is recommend to check salinity after operations concluded.

3. By overflow methods.
The fresh ballast must overflow from the decks vents for at least three times the capacity of tanks (again salinity must be checked)

BBB) The Health department regulated time ago following treatment to the remaining ballast (and fresh water) on board

1. Chlorination of all tanks with solid sodium hypo chloride (For salt water Ballast 15 KGS  for each 1.000 metric tons and for Fresh Water one KG for each 200 metric tons).

2. Chlorination to be completed 72 hours prior arrival at Seagoing Pilot Station.

3. When chlorination finished seals to be placed in all ballast and fresh water valves in Engine room with instructions to Engineers do not break seals prior official clearance was granted.

Notes:

As per Health Dept. Regulations dosage of active residual hypo chlorate of sodium for ballast treatment to be 1,5 PPM (Parts Per Million). Means that per 1.000 Metric tons salt water ballast need 15 kgs of active residual Hypo chlorate of Sodium.

Actually we are expecting from the authorities the derogation of chlorination requirements and is strange that inspectors would focus on that but until the new regulation will be published we from our side would not recommend the non compliance.

If you will not de-ballast in Zarate / Campana would not need chlorination but exhaust valves sealed

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Usual pre-arrival 2013

4.3) BALLAST

AAA) Ships coming from abroad loaded or in empty condition but having ballast on board must change the ballast shipped from any previous port with oceanic salt water ballast by any one of the three (3) methods briefing here below:

The total operations of de-ballasting/ ballasting must be completed prior crossing the outer limits of River Plate which is determined by an imaginary line  connecting:  Punta del Este (Uruguay) Lat 35.00 S Long 55.00 W and Cabo San Antonio (Argentina) Lat 36.20 S Long 56.45 W. Thence Lat 37.32 S Long 55.23 W towards Lat 36.14 S Long 53.22 W. The above area is considered as external limits of River Plate occasionally with brackish water or with salinity less than 1025.

Entries to be made on ship´s log book, coinciding with engine’s and ballast log books and to mention : Time and geographical position commenced de-ballasting/ballasting. Time finished and position.  Number of Double Bottoms ( dry cargo ships) or tanks, Fore and After peaks or any tank used for operation. (Coast Guard might  demand abstracts of above upon arrival Port).

Entries report should include :
Method used
The actual salinity of shipped ballast must not be less than 1025.
Quantity of ballast shipped.

Methods to follow the above operations:

1. Gradually de ballasting totally one by one each double bottom, tanks or peaks or TST, Operations would depend on actual weather conditions, immediately to re-ballast the totally emptied compartment.

2. Circulating method, It requires minimum three times the total quantity of tank capacity to be re-circulated with fresh ballast water, It is recommend to check salinity after operations concluded.

3. By overflow methods.
The fresh ballast must overflow from the decks vents for at least three times the capacity of tanks (again salinity must be checked)

BBB) The Health department regulated time ago following treatment to the remaining ballast (and fresh water) on board

1. Chlorination of all tanks with solid sodium hypo chloride (For salt water Ballast 15 KGS  for each 1.000 metric tons and for Fresh Water one KG for each 200 metric tons).

2. Chlorination to be completed 72 hours prior arrival at First Pilot Station.

3. When chlorination finished seals to be placed in all ballast and fresh water valves in Engine room with instructions to Engineers do not break seals prior official clearance was granted.

Notes:

As per Health Dept. Regulations dosage of active residual hypo chlorate of sodium for ballast treatment to be 1,5 PPM (Parts Per Million). Means that per 1.000 Metric tons salt water ballast need 15 kgs of active residual Hypo chlorate of Sodium.

Actually we are expecting from the authorities the derogation of chlorination requirements and is strange that inspectors would focus on that but until the new regulation will be published we from our side cannot recommend the non compliance.

If you will not de-ballast in Campana / San Nicolas would not need chlorination but exhaust valves sealed
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Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

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