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Ballast water pact gains backers

Ballast water pact gains backers

Spain and Brazil have become the first states to sign the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.
On January 18, 2005, Carlos Miranda, permanent representative of Spain to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), signed the convention, subject to ratification, on behalf of the government of Spain.
On January 25, 2005, Sergio Gitiranga Florencio Chagasteles, permanent representative of Brazil to the IMO, signed the convention, again subject to ratification, on behalf of the government of Brazil.
The Ballast Water Convention contains measures to prevent the potentially devastating effects of the spread of harmful aquatic organisms carried by ships' ballast water.
It will require all ships to implement a Ballast Water and Sediments Management Plan, to carry a Ballast Water Record Book and to carry out ballast water management procedures to a given standard. Existing ships will be required to do the same, but after a phase-in period.
The Convention was adopted on January 13, 2004 by the International Conference on Ballast Water Management for Ships, 2004, which was held at the headquarters of IMO from February 9 to 13, 2004. It opened for signature at IMO on June 1, 2004 and will remain open for signature until May 31, 2005.


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