IMO confirmed how much more tonnage is needed to bring the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) into force: 0.65 per cent of the global fleet.
In a statement the IMO’s secretariat said that the end-2015 analysis of global tonnage had been completed and showed that, as at 31 December, the 47 states that had ratified BWMC represented 34.35 per cent of the world fleet, compared with the 35 per cent needed to bring it into force. This figure is just below the figure of 34.56 per cent that it revealed in January to be the highest it would be, based on a preliminary analysis of the information from its data supplier, IHS Maritime & Trade.
The secretariat’s statement included a plea from IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim that countries that have not already done so should ratify the convention as soon as possible “to establish a certain date for entry into force, which will facilitate the work to make any necessary amendments to the BWMC.”
By announcing the figure, IMO has closed a chapter that began on 24 November 2015 when Indonesia ratified the convention during the IMO Council meeting. The then secretary-general, Koji Sekimizu, believed this would be sufficient to bring it into force and initiated an analysis to establish the percentage figure as of that date.