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IMO expects ballast water decision this week

The IMO is currently in the midst of a detailed counting process aimed at determining whether the latest ratifications of the ballast water treatment system are sufficient to make the convention come into force. Ghana is the most recent country to ratify the convention.

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It will be determined shortly whether the long-awaited ballast water convention will be able to come into force a year from now. Several countries ratified the convention last week, and the IMO has since then been working to determine if the tonnage from these countries is sufficient to bring the convention into force - and this process is expected completed this week, an IMO spokesman tells ShippingWatch.

Last week, Indonesia, Morocco and most recently Ghana decided to ratify the convention at IMO Assembly. For the convention - adopted back in 2004 - to come into force, at least 30 IMO member states, corresponding to 35 percent of the global fleet, need to ratify the convention. And this has so far been a somewhat slow process.

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