Transport Canada is implementing new Ballast Water Regulations for Canadian ships travelling abroad and those coming into Canada from abroad. Vessels are now required to meet the new standards by 2024. The regulations align with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), including requirements for vessels to plan their ballast water management and reduce the number of organisms in their ballast water, typically by installing a ballast water management system; and carry a valid certificate, keep records, and be regularly surveyed and inspected. Smaller vessels may follow an equivalent approach tailored to their operations and size. Chamber of Shipping Members should refer to the Circular issued on June 23 for additional information.