Full Acceptance of International Ballast Water Requirements for Ships Nears: Japan’s Accession Puts Full Ratification Within Less Than 3%
On October 10, Japan deposited its accession to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004 with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). A total of 42 states have now signed up to the convention, representing 32.02% of the required 35% of the world merchant tonnage, placing the Convention 2.98% away from full ratification. The Convention, once fully ratified, will trigger mandatory requirements that will address the problem of invasive species being transported around the world in ships’ ballast water.
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