Insufficient tonnage to trigger entry into
force despite recent ratifications
Following the spate of ratifications in
November 2015 of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, IMO and partner
IHS Maritime & Trade have been engaged in a process to verify tonnage
figures to ascertain whether or not the convention's final entry-into-force
requirement has been met.
Although that process is not yet complete,
and will continue for up to three more weeks, IMO is in a position to confirm
that the November ratifications did not trigger the convention's entry into
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, with 35 per cent required
for entry into force.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, "The
recent ratifications have brought the BWM Convention so very close to entry into
force. While we cannot predict exactly when that will happen, I would urge
countries that have not done so to ratify the BWM Convention as soon as possible
so that we can establish a certain date for entry into force, and also so that
it is widely accepted when it does. In particular, those countries with large
merchant fleets that have not done so, are requested to accelerate their
processes to ratify the Convention."
Shipowners have been encouraged to install
the necessary equipment and establish operational procedures in accordance with
IMO regulations and standards, so that the BWM Convention can be implemented
rapidly and effectively upon entry into force. Amendments to the Convention, to
be implemented after it enters into force, will be considered at the next
meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, in April, 2016.