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IMO counts down to final ballast water ratification

Indonesia and Morocco have ratified the ballast water convention, which has otherwise stalled for several years. The IMO is tallying up figures to work out whether the new ratifications are enough for the convention to finally come into force.

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The ballast water convention is one step closer to implementation. Indonesia has become the latest country to ratify the long-awaited convention on ballast water, which aims to ensure that ships do not drag unwanted and invasive micro-organisms from one eco-system to another. The UN shipping body, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), together with the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad), has helped Indonesia along its path to final ratification, reports the IMO.

Morocco has also given its seal of approval to the convention. The additional tonnage now attached to the convention is not yet clear, but the IMO informs ShippingWatch that it is working on confirming the figures, particularly with Indonesia, given that the big shipping nation could be decisive. If the figures show enough tonnage to satisfy the requirements, then the convention can enter into force on November 24 2016.

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