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Japan ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Japan ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention
The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) is just 2.98% of the world fleet away from ratification after Japan signed up to the convention today.

A total of 42 states have now signed up to the convention representing 32.02% of the world merchant tonnage; the rules to prevent the transfer of invasive species will enter into force once signatories represent 35% of the fleet

Japanese minister Noriyoshi Yamagami, alternate permanent representative of Japan to IMO Yasu Onishi, alternate permanent representative of Japan to IMO, deposited Japan's instrument of accession to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.

IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu said Japan's accession was an important milestone, bringing the convention significantly closer to meeting its entry-into-force requirements. He hoped it would trigger further ratifications, enabling the convention to enter into force soon.

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