Ballast Water Management Convention to halt invasive aquatic species enters into force
The BWM Convention aimed at stopping the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast water entered into force on 8 September 2017.
For more information please see the Club's dedicated resource page on the conventionhere
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IMO: Criteria for entry into force of BWM Convention not yet reached – further ratifications needed
Further to the UK P&I Club's recent update on the BWMC 2004, the IMO confirmed on the 18th January 2016 that forty-seven countries have now ratified the convention, substantially more than the 30 required, but their combined fleets comprise, at most, 34.56 per cent of global tonnage, the 35% global tonnage required for the Convention to enter into force has yet to be attained.
The US Coast Guard have issued a bulletin regarding the recent ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention).