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International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

Published 2004

The International Maritime Organization states that this convention is, "guidance to ensure safe handling and storage of chemicals and preparations used to treat ballast water and the development of safety procedures for risks to the ship and crew resulting from the treatment process."

It was adopted on February 13, 2004 and will enter into force "12 months after ratification by 30 States, representing 35 per cent of world merchant shipping tonnage." The status of the convention can be viewed here.

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