This decision support tool was adopted in 2013 (and subsequent amendments endorsed in 2015) by the coastal countries of the Baltic Sea and North-East Atlantic regions as part (chapter 6) of the joint harmonized procedure on granting exemptions from ballast water treatment provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
The tool comprises a database on observations of alien species and physical features in ports, a list of target alien species, a list of all marine alien species observed in port surveys in the region and an agreed risk assessment model. It will allow administrations and ship owners to quickly identify routes that may qualify for exemptions to the application of ballast water management for ships (regulation B-3) and those that are unlikely to.
The online tool is jointly administered by the
Secretariats. It was originally developed with funding through the
HELCOM ALIENS 2
projects by HELCOM Secretariat and Germany
The further development of the tool will be supported by the joint task group of the two commissions on Ballast Water Management (HELCOM/OSPAR TG BALLAST), which will follow up the implementation of the “Harmonized Procedure” in general.
To enter the application use “bw_reader” as “user name” and “balwat” as “password”, and you will have right access to consult the available information.