Accreditation agreements are an important feature of domestic ballast water management arrangements.
Each one is an agreement between EPA and a ship’s owner that is valid only for voyages into Victorian state waters, within 12 nautical miles off the coastline. It specifies journeys and ballast water management arrangements that will be exempt from the standard reporting requirements in the ballast water Regulations and policy.
Accredited ships pay reduced fees when they visit Victorian ports, to reflect a reduced need for service from EPA.
Accreditation agreements are intended for ships that visit Victorian ports on a regular basis – making 10 or more visits per annum. They are designed to reward a high level of environmental performance by reducing the administrative and cost burden on individual ships and their agents.
Ships may be eligible to enter into an accreditation agreement with EPA if they can fulfil the following criteria:
- demonstrate compliance with the policy and Regulations
- demonstrate an understanding of Victoria’s ballast water management requirements
- regularly visit Victorian ports.
Ship owners who want to apply for a domestic ballast water accreditation agreement should consult the Waste management policy (Ship’s ballast water) domestic ballast water accreditation agreement – guidelines for applicants (publication 995) which also contains the application form.