IMO informed that Peru has now acceded to an important IMO treaty helping to protect the marine environment. Namely, the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS) Convention.
The treaty prohibits the use of harmful organotins in anti-fouling paints and sets out a mechanism to prevent the potential future use of other harmful substances in anti-fouling systems.
H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Gamarra Skeels, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Peru to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the instrument of accession, on July 2.
As of now, the treaty has 87 contracting States, representing over 96% of world merchant shipping tonnage.