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Ballast Water Convention appears closer to entry into force

Ballast Water Convention appears closer to entry into force
With Morocco, Indonesia and Ghana ratifying the Ballast Water Management Convention during November, 47 countries have now ratified the convention—substantially more than the 30 required for entry into force.

But the International Maritime Organization said whether the requirement for parties to hold 35% of the world’s tonnage has been met is still being calculated. The convention will enter into force 12 months after the tonnage requirement has been met.

Tonnage figures are derived from data supplied to the IMO Secretariat by IHS Maritime & Trade. IMO said IHS Maritime & Trade has worked diligently to verify the tonnage figures but the process has not yet concluded. The precise figures will be announced after the verification process is complete, likely in early 2016.

If the ratifications by Morocco, Indonesia and Ghana add sufficient tonnage, the Ballast Water Management onvention would enter into force on Nov. 24, 2016.

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