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International Ballast Water Management Convention entered into force on September 8, 2017

Maritime News September 11, 2017

Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Ballast Water Management Convention entered into force on September 8, 2017. The IMO convention is considered for the most important international environmental measure to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ballast water from ships.

According to the Ballast Water Management Convention it is required that vessels be equipped with ballast water treatment systems by removing, neutralizing or preventing the entry or discharge of marine organisms and pathogens in ballast water and sediments. The BWMC Convention was adopted by IMO in 2004.

“This is an important step towards stopping the spread of invasive aquatic species that can cause catastrophic consequences for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to significant economic losses”, said the IMO Secretary-General, Ki Tack Lim. “The entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention will not only minimize the risk of invasion of alien species through ballast water, but will also provide an international platform for international navigation, providing clear and reliable standards for the management of shipboard ballast water”, added the head of IMO.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO, IMO), headquartered in London, is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for developing global standards for the safety and security of ships, as well as for protecting the marine environment and the atmosphere from any harmful consequences of navigation. Russia has been a member of IMO since the beginning of the organization’s functioning in 1959.


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