Water Testing

Following the introduction of the new MLC 2006 in August 2013, Ship Owners, Managers and Crew need to understand how this legislation affects them and to be ables to develop and implement measures to ensure ongoing compliance with its requirements.

Whilst fresh water appears to form a small part of a vessels normal operating parameters, if left unattended it can have a significant bearing on the crew’s health and well-being. Therefore water on board must be free of all pathogenic organisms and harmful chemicals. To achieve this you are required to carry out regular documented inspections of the vessels drinking water supplies.

Maritime Labour Convention [MLC] requirements - Frequent Documented Inspections are carried out

World Health Organisation [WHO] guidelines state - Source water is monitored to ensure the water is safe. Also water distribution network is monitored for water quality

International Shipping Chamber [ICS] advice - Prepare a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance for vessels [evidence the vessel meets MLC requirements]

International Labour Organisation [ILO] - Check water quality at different outlets

This will also help avoid possible port detention for non-compliance. Ships not only need to be inspected and certified within the deadlines, they are required to continue demonstrating compliance 

Water Test Kit

IM&M [International Mining & Marine] Ltd along with its partner Tektrak [who have been supporting the water industry for many years and have fully trained chemists to offer support and guidance] have introduced a Marine Water Test Kit to comply with this new legislation. It allows ships staff to monitor and maintain the quality of the water and systems on board vessels, providing tests for common infectious bacteria that help to reduce the risk to health.


Fully compliant and meets all Flag and Port State requirements

  • Legislation Made Easy
  • Non Complicated
  • Supply of Water Test Kits Globally


Ballast Water

IM&M can also provide support if you wish to measure the presence of active chlorophyll in living systems, e.g. phytoplankton, and can be used by Ship Operators, Port State Control, and Flag State Agents to rapidly assess the risk that ballast water could be in gross non-compliance of the IMO D-2 ballast water discharge standard.

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