Close but not close enough

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

10 February 2016


Today the IMO has released the result of the recount into the ratification of the ballast water convention Forty-seven countries have now ratified the BWM Convention, substantially more than the 30 required, but their combined fleets comprise 34.35% of global tonnage, just under the 35 per cent required for entry into force and below the figure of 34.56% that the IMO said may have been reached in January. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has reiterated his request to countries that have not already done so, to ratify the BWM Convention as soon as possible in order to establish a certain date for entry into force. Once the convention has reached the trigger points the IMO can begin to develop the amendments that shipowners and others have been pushing for.