Serbia accedes to Ballast Water Management Convention

Serbia has acceded to the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), meaning that 74 countries have now signed up.

The IMO said the signatories represented more than 75% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.

Under the treaty, ships are required to manage their ballast water, in a way that will control the spread of dangerous microbes from one geographical region to another. Vesna Vercon Ivic, Consul, Serbia Embassy to the UK, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London on July 26th to deposit the instrument of accession.