China ratified IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) in 2018, opening the way for inspections of foreign ships from January.
Effective from 22 January 2019, the China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA) will enforce its ballast water regulations for all foreign-flagged vessels that come into Chinese waters.
China MSA ratified the BWMC in 2018 so requirements for compliance are, for the most part, those of the IMO BWMC.
One of the differences in the China MSA regulations concerns using reception facilities as a contingency measure for untreated ballast water and sediments, or when the ballast water management system encounters IMO water treatment limitations in Chinese waters.
If there are no reception facilities available at the port for discharge, untreated ballast water may be discharged outside the Chinese jurisdiction using ballast water exchange.
The reporting form is currently not available in an English translation (source: Choice Ballast Solutions).
The planning required for fitting a ballast water treatment system is a topic at the Asian Tanker Conference on 26 and 27 February.