Marine Protection Rules Part 300

Ballast Water Management

Current version of Part 300

This rule applies to:

  • New Zealand ships and foreign ships in New Zealand jurisdiction that are designed or constructed to carry ballast water on an international voyage.

Part 300 does not apply to warships or permanent ballast carried on ships.

Download Marine Protection Rules Part 300 [PDF: 524 kB, 33 pages]

The purpose of Part 300 is to prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the risk to the environment, human health, property and resources arising from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediment. Part 300 gives effect to the provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004.

Part 300 was signed by the Minister on the 1st March 2016 and enters into force on 8 September 2017.

Advisory circulars

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply
Part 300 advisory circular

[PDF: 398kB, 28 pages]


Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 300


New part comes into force

Part 300 enters into force on 8 September 2017.


New part signed

Part 300 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 1 March 2016.

Part 300: Original rule [PDF: 512kB, 33 pages]