IMO guidelines for biofouling have been in place since 2011 for vessels over 300 gross tons. IMO member states and local government authorities regularly review and update their requirements and enforcement regimes. The State of California and New Zealand have gone beyond the IMO guidelines, publishing specific requirements for their respective jurisdictions.
For California, requirements are effective after a vessel's first regularly scheduled dry dock after January 1, 2018, or upon delivery on or after January 1, 2018:
Beginning May 1, 2018, all commercial and recreational vessels arriving in New Zealand will need to meet the clean hull threshold as defined in the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) which is based on the IMO guidelines:
Starting May 2018, vessels must arrive in New Zealand with a 'clean hull' which means:
In the interim, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries can take action on vessels that pose a severe biofouling risk.
Whether you have a vessel under construction or entering drydock, ABS can help you prepare for compliance today by supporting you in the: