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The 2004 Ballast Water Management Convention is a good lesson in how not to make international rules
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 06:00
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Just over a year ago at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Conference in London, IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu told the shipowners that they had the power to encourage their flag states to ratify the 2004 BWMC as soon as possible, as well as to implement its provisions with immediate effect - PHOTO: SPH

AMONG all of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions, the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 (BWMC) is possibly the one that has proved most unsatisfactory - and it's not even in force yet. Just over a year ago at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Conference in

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