Guyana has signed up to a host of IMO treaties supporting safe, secure and clean international shipping. The treaties cover a wide range of topics including marine pollution, dumping waste at sea and responding to pollution incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances.
Specifically, Guyana ratified two key IMO measures aimed to preserve bio-diversity: the Ballast Water Management Convention and another on use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships hulls.
It also ratified others regarding unlawful acts against the safety of navigation and removing wrecks from the seabed. In addition, it signed four instruments covering liability and compensation.
Overall, Guyana ratified eleven IMO instruments, when H.E. Mr. Frederick Hamley Case, High Commissioner of Guyana, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, on 20 February, to deposit the instruments of accession.