Who should maintain ballast water records and ensure that proper ballast water procedures are followed on a ship?

A responsible officer should be appointed to maintain appropriate records and to ensure that ballast water management and/or treatment procedures are followed and recorded. (BWM Guidelines, 8.1.2)


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