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Ballast Water Convention moves one step closer

Agreement by the Government of Peru to accede to the International Maritime Organisation’s Ballast Water Convention has brought the regulations to the brink of implementation.

The Convention is intended to limit the transport of invasive species in ship’s ballast water. It includes the adoption of measures to prohibit discharge of ballast water which has been taken on in one area into the waters of another.

The Convention will come into force after countries representing a total of 35% of global ship tonnage agree to adoption. Chilean flagged tonnage brings the total to 34.87%, only 0.13% short of the threshold. Pressure is meanwhile growing on Ireland to sign up – their tonnage would now push the Convention into ratification territory.

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