IMO issued an infographic, providing a comprehensive illustration of the rules that entered into force on September 8, with the BWM Convention. Adopted in 2004, the convention requires ships to manage their ballast water to avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.
IMO issued a short film explaining the key IMO international measure that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. BWM Convention has officially entered into force from 8 September 2017.
As the Ballast Water Management Convention is entering into force on 8 September, Danish Shipping launched a new guide to advise on its implementation. The guide is intended to be on board the ships, so the crew can seek information when needed.
A new global project aiming to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation, according to IMO. The GloFouling Partnerships project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling.
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that ships play a dominant role in introducing and dispersing non-indigenous organisms into new environments and also that these marine invertebrates hitch a ride on half of all the marine vessels passing through Israel’s Mediterranean coast.
IMO outlines the key achievements of the GloBallast Partnerships Programme, executed by IMO in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UNDP. The project was launched in 2007 after an initial 4-year phase and has been assisting developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships’ ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
US Senate approved last week a new bill which includes a provision eliminating US EPA’s authority over ballast water pollution and at the same time ‘rolling back rules that protect the Great Lakes from invasive species’, the Alliance for the Great Lakes stated.
MOL announced that its group company MOL Techno-Trade will exhibit BARI-SHIP 2017, which is held at Imabari, Ehime from May 25th – 27th, 2017, with SATAKE Corporation. The exhibition will include presentations of SATAKE’s “Viable Organism Analyzer” and MOL Engineering’s and SATAKE’s joint development of a compact concentrator, both used for improving ballast water operation.
IMO announced that Saudi Arabia has become the latest State to become a Party to the Ballast Water Management Convention. The number of contracting Parties to the BWM Convention now stands at 55, representing 53.67% of world merchant shipping tonnage.
The environmental NGO, MEDASSET has launched a new online game in an effort to work towards the protection of sea turtles and their marine and coastal habitats in the Mediterranean Sea.
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