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Title Belgium Ratifies Ballast and Recycling Conventions Date 2016.03.11 08:45

Belgium Ratifies Ballast and Recycling Conventions

Posted by Eric Haun
Monday, March 07, 2016
File Kitack Lim with Guy Trouveroy (Photo: IMO)
Kitack Lim with Guy Trouveroy (Photo: IMO)
Belgium became the latest country to ratify a key international measure for environmental protection, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the treaty within sight of meeting entry into force criteria. Aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast water, the BWM Convention requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management.
The BWM Convention will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 States, representing 35 percent of world merchant shipping tonnage. With the accession by Belgium, the number of States stands at 48, with an aggregate of 34.82 percent of the world's merchant fleet tonnage (based on global tonnage data
 as at end-February 2016). 
Belgium also deposited its instrument of accession to the Hong Kong Ship Recycling Convention, bringing the number of contracting States to four. The Hong Kong Convention will enter into
force 24 months after the date on which 15 States, representing not less than 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, become Party to the treaty. The combined maximum annual
ship recycling volume of those States must, during the preceding 10 years, constitute not less
than 3 percent of their combined merchant shipping tonnage.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim encouraged other States that had not already done so, to ratify
both the BWM and Hong Kong treaties, in order to bring them into force.
Guy Trouveroy, Ambassador of Belgium to the United Kingdom, handed over the the instruments
of accession during a meeting with Secretary-General Lim at the Ambassador's residence in London.

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