Jamaica, Malta Accede to BWM Convention

Jamaica and Malta have become the latest states to sign up to the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention – the international treaty requiring ships to manage their ballast water to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species across the globe.

The convention entered into force on September 8 and a total of 65 signatories now represent 73.92% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.

On September 11, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith and the High Commissioner of Jamaica to the United Kingdom, Seth George Ramocan, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London to deposit Jamaica’s instrument of accession to the treaty.

Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects of Malta met the Secretary-General on September 12, emphasizing the importance of the treaty to which Malta acceded earlier this month.

Under the rules of the convention, all ships engaged in international trade need to manage their ballast water so as to avoid the introduction of alien species into coastal areas, including exchanging their ballast water or treating it using an approved ballast water management system.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Apr 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5

GreenTech in Shipping USA Forum 2019

GreenTech in Shipping USA Forum is an event for Maritime leaders who want to unlock successful business formula of the industry!

read more >

CWC World Gas & Power Series – Brazil & the Americas Summit

CWC World Gas & Power Series: Brazil & the Americas Summit is the perfect meeting place to make contacts…

read more >

FPSO Brazil Congress 2019

Charging ahead with 24 planned orders by 2022, Brazil has once again solidified its status as one of the world’s foremost oil and gas leaders…

read more >

Nor-Shipping 2019

Nor-Shipping’s conference and event programme is tailored to deliver the knowledge, value and networking to help you build your business.

read more >