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20/10/2014 BWMTech 2014
  The tenth Annual BWM Technology Conference will take place at the Congress Centre on 8 and 9 December 2014.

The Conference will review, among other things, 10 years of testing BWMS and the effectiveness of compliance testing toolkits.

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For more information, visit the dedicated webpage

14/10/2014 Turkey ratifies BWM Convention
  We are pleased to announce that Turkey, one of the Lead Partnering Countries of the GloBallast Partnerships Project in the Mediterranean, has acceded to the BWM Convention.



Turkeys instrument of accession was presented by His Excellency Mr. Abdurrahman Bilgic, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Turkey to IMO, to IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu during the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) session. ​

The total number of contracting Parties has now reached 43 representing 32.54% of the world tonnage (35% are needed for the Convention to enter into force).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Projects national focal points and Project coordinators in Turkey and the regional coordinating organization, REMPEC, for their hard work and support.

12/09/2014 Jordan ratifies BWM Convention
  We are pleased to announce that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, one of the Lead Partnering Countries of the GloBallast Partnerships Project in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region, has acceded to the BWM Convention.



H.E. Mr Mazen Al-Homoud, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UK, met IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu to deposit the instruments of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention.

The total number of contracting Parties has now reached 41 representing 30.25% of the world tonnage (35% are needed for the Convention to enter into force).

At the opening of the national training on sampling and analysis of ballast water that took place in Aqaba in May this year, Her Excellency the Minister of Transport, Mrs. Lina Shabeeb announced the decision of Jordan to ratify the Convention and we are pleased to see that the efforts of Jordan as LPC and the important support of the Regional Coordinating Organization, PERSGA have come to fruition. These efforts will no doubt have very positive impact throughout the region on the implementation and ratification of the Convention.

31/07/2014 BW sampling and analysis
  The regional training on sampling and analysis of ballast water has started in Cartagena, Colombia, organized by IMO-GloBallast in cooperation with the Government of Colombia and CPPS.

50 participants are being trained on the methodologies and approaches to sampling and analysis to test for compliance with the standards described in regulations D-1 and D-2 of the BWM Convention, as per the guidance on BW sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with G2, issued as BWM.2/Circ.42 in May 2013.

Two instructors, Dr. Stefan Gollasch and Dr. Matej David are training the participants in this second GEF-IMO-GloBallast hands-on training on sampling of BW on board a ship.

Thursday 31 July afternoon will be dedicated to this exercise that you can follow live thanks to streaming arrangements made by Colombia.

The link is http://www.dimar.mil.co/.

20/06/2014 National BWM Seminar Nicaragua
  The first Meeting of the National Task Force for the Ballast Water Management Convention in Nicaragua was held on 23 May 2014 in Managua.

The main objectives of the workshop and National Task Force were to:

formally establish a National Ballast Water Task Force in Nicaragua wit the direct participation of representatives from various government administrations and other major stakeholders;

sensitize the key policy developers and decision makers on the importance of the issue and need for urgent actions;

provide update on the IMO Convention and Guidelines and ballast water management systems and technologies;

encourage all to ratify and implement the Convention within a reasonable time Frame;

elaborate and develop a National BWM Strategy leading up to the implementation of the BWM Convention;

identify a roadmap for implementation of the BWM Convention;

show the importance of Development National Legislation to implement the BWM Convention;

The GEF-UNBDP-IMO GloBallast engaged the services of two consultants, Dr. Klaus Essig from Venezuela and Dr. Oscar Danilo Morales from Nicaragua. The workshop and Task force were a success, as described in the press release.

11/06/2014 Ballast Water Management Convention
  With the recent ratification of Tonga and the Republic of Congo, the number of Contracting Parties to the BWMC has reached 40 representing 30.25% of the world tonnage.

This morning, at the opening of the Technical Cooperation Committee, the IMO Secretary General announced that Governments of Japan and Turkey had now passed the legislation to approve ratification of the BWM Convention. The instrument for ratification will be received in the near future. Both countries together count for 2.28% of the world fleet in registered tonnage and the combined total tonnage per cent of contracting States would become 32.5% against the entry into force threshold of 35%. "We are definitely making progress" added the SG.

10/06/2014 Oceans and Seas
  Press release was issued by the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Actions to Protect Oceans Have Far-Reaching Impacts on Jobs and Economies of Coastal Communities?New UN Report

New York, 9 June - Environmental threats to the worlds oceans are increasingly affecting the livelihoods and well-being of onshore communities according to a new United Nations report issued on the occasion of World Oceans Day.

The report, "How oceans- and seas-related measures contribute to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Local and regional experiences," published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with several other UN agencies, is a follow-up to the focus on oceans at Rio+20, and the steps being taken to promote sustainable development.

The report is also intended to highlight how oceans impacts peoples lives in the context of the development of new sustainable development goals that would help promote economic prosperity, improve peoples well-being, and protect the environment.

The worlds oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the earths surface, are often seen through an environmental prism, yet they contribute heavily to economic growth and poverty eradication by creating sustainable livelihoods and decent work?more than three billion people depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods. Oceans are crucial for global food security and human health, serving as a valuable source of nutrition globally by providing 4.3 billion people with about 15 per cent of their intake of animal protein. Oceans are the primary regulator of the global climate, capturing and storing about 30 per cent of carbon dioxide produced by humans. Oceans also serve as a host huge reservoir of biodiversity.

But the oceans are facing a multitude of threats that include overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, marine pollution?mainly from land-based sources, alien invasive species, ocean acidification and climate change impacts, and the physical alteration and destruction of marine habitat.

The report also found that mangrove and coastal forest cutting for charcoal production, pole building, and fuel wood, adversely affect marine and coastal ecosystems that are important breeding, feeding, hiding and nursery grounds for both marine and terrestrial fauna.

Coral mining, for corals used as building material (lime) for local buildings and trade, destroys live corals and affects marine organisms that are dependent on corals. Like mangroves, these corals are important breeding, nursery, feeding and hiding grounds.

The report suggests, however, that the increasing and complex oceans-and seas-related challenges could be addressed through the right combination of national, regional and global action plans, strategies, policies, institutional and fiscal reforms as well as protocols. These measures should be undertaken as part of an effective implementation of existing Conventions, agreements and instruments including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Report looked at a number of case studies that provide a glimpse of the interrelationship between human activities and marine resources.

A study conducted in Bagamoyo, Tanzania in 2010 showed that marine resources were severely threatened by human activities, such as overfishing, the use of illegal and destructive fishing gear, and the depletion of mangrove forests. The districts artisanal catches were declining drastically as fish stocks were collapsing. Poverty rates escalated in these fishing communities, worsening economic well-being and increasing time at sea. Today, finfish farming behind the mangroves in Bagamoyo and elsewhere is aimed at giving alternative livelihood to harvesting the marine resources and strong policies and enforcement measures have been taken to protect and preserve fisheries.

Mangrove restoration has also helped drive economic activities in Watamu, Kenya, where a mangrove boardwalk with a local restaurant was built, and organized canoe tours, traditional dance performances, a local beekeeping and crab-farming to supply restaurants was starts, as well as an initiative to sell curios made from recycled waste materials. A total number of 150 local people are earning a direct income through these various products and services provided to tourists and tourism enterprises, with an additional 350 local people receiving financial or other benefits from it in an indirect manner.

Many countries and communities have worked to reduce marine litter, such as plastic items, through market-based instruments, including levies or taxes. These measures have not only helped generate resources, but can also provide an incentive for target groups, including consumers, producers and distributors, to modify their behavior and reduce the influx of waste into the marine and coastal environment.

Ireland introduced a levy in 2002 on general purpose plastic bags in the amount of ?0.15 per bag (increased to ?0.22 in 2007) to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags and increase awareness of their negative impacts. The effect on consumer behaviour was substantial, with a decrease in plastic bag usage from an estimated 328 bags per capita to 21 bags per capita. According to data from the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System, plastic bags constituted 0.25% of marine litter pollution nationally in 2010, compared to an estimated 5% in 2001 prior to the introduction of the levy.

The Report can be found at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ under the topic "Oceans and Seas". (Direct link: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=232.

For further information, please contact Dan Shepard, UN Department of Public Information, tel. 212-963-9495, email: shepard@un.org

12/05/2014 Sampling Ballast Water Aqaba
  The GloBallast Project and PERSGA organised a three-day national training on sampling of ballast water in Aqaba, Jordan from 5 to 7 May 2014.

The objective of the training was to further raise awareness about invasive alien species and the Ballast Water Management Convention and more importantly to prepare the country for the sampling of ballast water for data collection prior to entry into force of the BWM Convention.

. Participants came from all parts of the countrys institutions: the Ministry of Transport, the Jordan Maritime Commission, the Marine Scientific Station, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, the Maritime Environment Protection Association, port State control officers, harbour master, scientists, ship agents etc. and were trained on the sampling and analysis methods for D-1 and D-2.

. Thanks to the great collaboration between the harbour master and the ships, participants were able to board a ship and take samples of ballast water from the tanks manholes for sampling against D 1. Participants were shown how to use some of the equipment for this quite straightforward sampling and analysis.

We do hope that this training will be repeated in other of our Lead Partnering countries and that next time we will be able to board a ship with an operational treatment system on board!!! .

The GloBallast Project would like to thank Jordan and PERSGA for their excellent work in making it happen. .


17/04/2014 Global Environment Record Funding
  US$ 4.43 billion pledged for the Global Environment Facility

GENEVA, April 16, 2014? 30 donor countries today pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment.

"Todays decision is a powerful signal from the global community about the importance of urgently reversing the negative environmental trends in order to ensure a sustainable future for everybody", said Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF. "I am extremely encouraged by the broad coalition that has come together behind the belief in GEFs ability to play a critical role in helping achieve this transformation."

The funding will support projects in more than 140 countries to tackle a broad range of threats to the global environment, including climate change, deforestation, land degradation, extinction of species, toxic chemicals and waste, and threats to oceans and freshwater resources. The GEF is the main global mechanism to support developing countries to take action to fulfill their commitments under the worlds major multilateral environmental agreements. In GEF-6, donors agreed to new financing in support of the Minamata convention on Mercury that was signed in 2013, bringing to five the total number global environmental conventions that the GEF serves.

"The Global Environment Facility has gained the confidence of development partners for its strong track record in protecting the global environment and for its sound management of development partner funds," said Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships in the World Bank Group, which serves as Trustee for the GEF. "The environmental challenges the global community faces are significant, and funding for the GEF-6 program will help put us on a path toward our shared goal of sustainable development."

Donors emphasized GEFs role in supporting innovative and integrated solutions for the global environment. Among a number of innovations contained in GEF-6 is a new Integrated Approaches Pilot aimed at addressing environmental challenges by focusing on some of the underlying drivers of environmental degradation through special focus on for example food security in Africa, sustainable city development and on taking deforestation out of global commodity supply chains?all issues that can only be effectively addressed if broad coalitions of stakeholders across countries and sectors can be brought together around a common action agenda.

Mexicos Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Luis Videgaray, who will host an Assembly of the GEFs 183 members in Cancun, Mexico, in May said, "Only by integrating environmental considerations into decision making by governments, private businesses and households can we hope to make a difference in the global environment. The GEF-6 effort gets under way at a critical time, and is a vital platform to help mobilize all stakeholders to play their part."

The GEF-6 program envisions devoting an increased share of resources to lower-income recipient countries. GEF will also further its engagement with the private sector, its work in gender mainstreaming, collaboration with civil society organizations, and increased focus on results and on leveraging other sources of funding for the benefit of the global environment by seeking higher levels of co-financing of its projects.

Underpinning efforts, the GEF is developing a longer-term strategy, GEF2020, which aims to enhance the GEFs impact by focusing its interventions more on the underlying drivers of environmental degradation.

Doris Leuthard, head of the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications that hosted the meeting in Geneva said "We have better scientific evidence that human activity can lead to tipping points with a risk of irreversible and abrupt environmental change. By focusing on the drivers of environmental change and by seeking multiple benefits, the GEF is taking the right approach to turn around the worrying trends in the global environment".


17/04/2014 BWTS Retrofits Seminar
  A Practical Guide to Ballast Water Treatment System Retrofits Course in London, 16-17 June 2014 - Expert guidance on treatment system selection and retrofit project planning and execution.

Please see http://www.lloydsmaritimeacademy.com/event/A-Practical-Guide-to-Ballast-Water-Treatment-System-Installation.

02/04/2014 ICBWM 2014
  The 7th edition of the International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM), co-organised by DHI, IMarEST, MPA Singapore and GloBallast will be held in Singapore, 5-7 November 2014. The main theme of this years conference is: "Challenges and operational experiences of ballast water treatment systems", and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 June 2014.

Shipowners and operators who have installed full scale systems onboard should participate to present their experiences gained, both positve and negative.

The Conference will also discuss how shipyards can manage and eventually treat the sediments from the ship. Other areas of relevance, such as development and availability of treatment systems, will also be discussed.

You can download the 1st announcement and call for papers here.

For more details and to register: visit www.ballast2014.com or contact ballast2014@icbwm.com.sg

13/03/2014 BWM Workshops SPREP
  A two-day national training workshop on compliance, monitoring and enforcement of the Ballast Water Management Convention was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 24-25 February 2014.

Other workshops in this series were held in Honiara, Solomon Islands and Port Vila, Vanuatu in October last year.

The national activities were funded by the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and organised by SPREP in cooperation with the IMO, GloBallast Partnerships and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

The Maritime Affairs section of the Vanuatu Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU), the Environment and Conservation Division of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology and the PNG National Maritime Safety Authority were the co-organisers of each event.

The workshops were delivered by two officers from SPREP, Mr. Anthony Talouli and Dr. Posa Skelton and an officer from AMSA, Ms. Annalisse Sly.

The activities are another example of AMSAs support of the IMOs ITCP activities and of the importance IMO, AMSA, SPREP and the countries of the region attach to pollution prevention in the Pacific Ocean.

For more information, please see the AMSA and the SPREP dedicated webpages.

17/02/2014 SGs message on BWM
  The IMO Secretary General has filmed a video to reiterate the importance of the ratification of the BWM Convention as soon as possible. You can view this video here. Please share it.


06/11/2013 GloBallast Monograph 21
  GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships is pleased to announce the publication of GloBallast Monograph No 21, Identifying and Managing Risks from Organisms Carried in Ships? Ballast Water, published jointly with the World Maritime University. The Monograph can be downloaded from the Publications section.

06/09/2013 National CME training Jordan
  The Regional Organization for the Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), one of the Projects Regional Coordinating Organisation, has organized a national training workshop on Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement concerning the Ballast Water Management International Convention, in Aqaba, Jordan from 19 to 22 August 2013.

This training, based on the GloBallast training package on CME, aims to provide practical knowledge on approaches to CME related to the implementation of the BWM Convention and was organised under the IMO ITCP. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Jordanian Maritime Authority and was kindly hosted at the lectures hall at the Jordanian Maritime Authority.

Twenty four specialists representing different sectors concerned with ballast water management in Jordan participated in the workshop and were lucky to be able to board a ship and discuss ballast water management plans and procedures

You can read more about the event on the PERSGA dedicated webpage . GloBallast would like to thank PERSGA for their relentless efforts in organising high quality national and regional BWM events in the region in support of the Project and the BWM Convention.

06/09/2013 RD Forum Speakers
  Please read about R&D Forum Keynote speakers - Mr. Nick Welschmeyer and Mr. Chris Wiley - online.

05/08/2013 CME Trinidad and Tobago
  A national training course on compliance monitoring and enforcement (CME) for the Ballast Water Management Convention was organised in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 24 to 26 July 2013.

This training, based on the GloBallast training package on CME, aims to provide practical knowledge on approaches to CME related to the implementation of the BWM Convention. In particular, emphasis is made on Port and Flag State Control procedures required under the Convention.

Enforcing ballast water management requirements typically involves flag and port State control authorities inspecting national and foreign ships, reviewing ballast water certificates and record books, boarding selected ships to review documents and inspect equipment, and upon occasion using sanctioning powers to quarantine or fine vessels for failure to meet their legal obligations.

The training was organised under the IMO ITCP and implemented by the Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information And Training Center (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe), our Regional Coordinating Organization for the Wider Caribbean. Well done REMPEITC!!

You can read more about the activity on the T&T Newsday website.

02/08/2013 RD Forum views
  Please read R&D Forum Keynote speakers - Mr. Hideaki Saito - views online

19/07/2013 RD Forum Busan
  Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 5th Global R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management has been extended to 16 August 2013. Do not miss the opportunity to submit your abstract and be there in Busan in this very important R&D Forum. Please check the Forum website for the list of confirmed speakers and information on the events.

05/07/2013 RD Forum Speakers Views
  Please read R&D Forum Keynote speakers - Mr. Dandu Pughiuc and Mr. Stephen de Mora - views online.

21/06/2013 RD Forum speakers views
  Please read R&D Forum Keynote speakers - Mr. Andrew Hudson and Mr. Jan Linders - views online.

20/06/2013 Germany ratifies BWM Convention
  The total number of contracting States to the BWM Convention has reached 37, representing 30.32% of the world tonnage after todays ratification by Germany (35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force).

11/06/2013 RD Forum View
  Please check the list of keynote speakers who will address the GEF-UNDP-IMO-GloBallast Republic of Korea R&D Forum and Exhibition on BWM in Busan, Republic of Korea from 23 to 25 October

You can also read each of the speakers view on the R&D.

05/06/2013 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
  World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Through World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make it happen! We call for action ? organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, stop food waste, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

http://www.unep.org

23/05/2013 MEPC 65 Outcome
  The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met for its 65th session from 13 to 17 May 2013, at IMO.

The Committee made significant progress on BWM matters.

The MEPC approved a draft IMO Assembly resolution on the application of regulation B-3 of the BWM Convention to ease and facilitate the smooth implementation of the Convention, for submission to the 28th session of the IMO Assembly (25 November to 4 December 2013). The draft resolution recommends that ships constructed before the entry into force of the Convention will not be required to comply with regulation D-2 until their first renewal survey following the date of entry into force of the Convention. The aim of the draft resolution is to clarify uncertainty in relation to the application of regulation B-3, through the application of a realistic timeline for enforcement of regulation D-1 (ballast water exchange standard) and regulation D-2 (ballast water performance standard), upon entry into force of the Convention.

The MEPC also approved the draft BWM Circular on Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2) which will be disseminated as a BWM circular soon.

MEPC 58, following the adoption of Guidelines for ballast water sampling (G2), had instructed BLG to develop, as a matter of high priority, a circular to provide sampling and analysis guidance to be followed and to give advice on the uniform application of that guidance. BLG 17, which met in February of this year agreed to the draft BWM Circular on Guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2), set out in annexes 5 and 6 of document BLG 17/18, for approval by MEPC. The circular contains the current state-of-the -art science with respect to sampling and analysis of ballast water. It will undoubtedly need further improvement and standardization in light of future development of the sampling and analysis techniques.

The trial period will start once the Convention enters into force. The results of the trial will be reviewed by the Committee and when appropriate the trial should be halted or extended. The goal at the end of the trial period would be to have a suite of accepted procedures that can be used for sampling and analysing ballast water in a globally consistent way.

It is also opportune to recall that the legal basis for port State control and sampling of ship?s ballast water is contained in article 9 of the BWM Convention, which provides that such inspection is limited to (a) verifying certificates, (b) inspection of ballast water record book and (c) a sampling of the ship?s ballast water, carried out in accordance the guidelines to be developed by the Organization. Therefore, the ship should have evidence that the ballast water management system is Type Approved and has been maintained and operated in accordance with the ships Ballast Water Management Plan. The system should incorporate a self monitoring system in accordance with the Guidelines (G8) and associated guidance. Having a treatment system particulars document on board is also recommended.

Bearing in mind the important role that port State Control inspection plays in the implementation of the BWM Convention (as a matter of fact of all the IMO Conventions), there was an urgent need for the Committee to approve the circular.

Consequently, a correspondence group, established at FSI 21 under the coordination of Canada, will develop the Guidelines for port State control under the BWM Convention for finalization at FSI 22.

22/05/2013 GEF CEO GloBallast Award
  Please see the latest press release from GEF on GloBallast winning the award for Best Innovative Project in Dubai last week. The GEF CEO said "We are proud that the GloBallast Partnerships Project has received this remarkable recognition," said GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii. "The award places the spotlight on a truly innovative approach that is attracting large scale private sector investment to turn a seemingly intractable environmental threat into a solvable problem. GloBallast is demonstrating how appropriately-directed incentives can bring the private sector to become a key player in solving environmental issues. Such global impact at scale is what I want to see across the entire GEF investment portfolio in the years to come."

15/05/2013 GloBallast wins award
  The GloBallast Project has just won an award for Best Inovative Project at the at the 6th Marine BizTV International Maritime Awards that is taking place in Dubai!

The award was based on the projects global impact in terms of preparing the developing countries and their maritime industries for implementation of the impending international regulations on ballast water management, its role in assisting the maritime industry to overcome technical challenges through its pioneering Global Industry Alliance (GIA) initiative and for catalyzing significant global efforts to address one of the most pressing environmental issues that the maritime industry is currently facing.

The award was received by Captain Abdul Wahab M. Al Diwani representing IMOs Integrated Technical Cooperation Programmes Regional partner ROPME/MEMAC on behalf of the GloBallast Project.

We would like to thank all the Projects partners who made this possible.

13/05/2013 IMO SG opens MEPC65
  The IMOs SG, in his opening sppech at MEPC 65, is urging Member States to ratify the BWM Convention at the earliest opportunity.

The SG strongly emphasized that the problem associated with ballast water is inherently connected to the expansion of world trade and therefore an issue from which the shipping industry cannot escape.

The SG also noted that while it is recognized that there is a substantive cost attached to installing and operating a ballast water management system - some 1-2 million US dollars per ship, depending on size and type, plus operational costs - the estimated costs for society caused by alien aquatic species are comparatively very high, in fact astronomical. There was a special mention to our GloBallast Project for assisting a growing number of countries in regions around the world to strengthen their capacity, including a strengthened legal framework, to implement measures addressing the problem of bio-invasions of local marine and coastal environments and ecosystems.

There was also a special mention to our Globallast Project for assisting a growing number of countries in regions around the world to strengthen their capacity, including a strengthened legal framework, to implement measures addressing the problem of bio-invasions of local marine and coastal environments and ecosystems.

09/05/2013 BWM matters at MEPC65
  The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will meet for its 65th session from 13 to 17 May 2013.

On the BWM agenda, the meeting will discuss the following points:

Ballast water management systems up for approval

The MEPC will consider the reports of the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth meetings of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection (GESAMP) Ballast Water Working Group (held during 2012-2013), with a view to granting Basic Approval to three, and Final Approval to four, ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances.

The MEPC will consider the text of a draft IMO Assembly resolution on the application of regulation B-3 of the BWM Convention to ease and facilitate the smooth implementation of the Convention, for submission to the IMO Assembly 28th session (25 November to 5 December 2013).

The MEPC will also be invited to approve BWM-related guidance, among which is the Guidance concerning ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use.

The MEPC is also expected to adopt a draft revised MEPC resolution regarding information reporting on type-approved ballast water management systems.

The GloBallast Project will hold its usual GloBallast family coffee break gathering with all LPCs , RCOs and strategic partners on Thursday 16 May.

06/05/2013 Scientists map ship-borne invaders
  Researchers have developed the first global model that analyses the routes taken by marine invasive species. Read more on the BBC website.

17/04/2013 USCG Accepted BWTS
  Article in GCAPTAIN APRIL 16, 2013

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the services March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters.

AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessel operators may use an AMS to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange, while the treatment system undergoes approval testing to Coast Guard standards.

An AMS may be used to meet the Coast Guard ballast water treatment requirements for up to five years after the ships ballast water discharge standard compliance date specified in the final rule. This five-year timeframe allows for the completion of required land-based and shipboard testing.

"With these AMS acceptances, we move into a new era of aquatic invasive species prevention and control," said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. "Compared with the existing requirement for mid-ocean ballast water exchange, these technological solutions reduce the ballast water exchange safety concerns for mariners and provide greater protection for the marine environment."

"This is an important first step in making Coast Guard and foreign approved ballast water treatment systems available for the global shipping industry," said Servidio. "The Coast Guard AMS program will allow ship owners and operators to install a ballast water treatment system and use it in U.S. waters while it undergoes approval testing."

The Coast Guard continues to review applications for AMS acceptance and will announce further determinations.

See the article on gCaptain page for the full list of BWTS by manufacturer/model name

16/04/2013 RD Forum Korea
  Please find enclosed the second call for papers for the 5th Global R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management from 23 to 25 October in Busan, Republic of Korea.

We are proud to announce that we are organizing the opening day of the Forum on 23 October jointly with the Seoul International Maritime Forum. The IMO-IMarEST Shipping Industry Forum will take place on 22 October.

Do not forget to submit your papers, to join the photo contest and to check the Forum website or twitter account (@ballast2013) for more details!

We look forward to seeing you in Busan!

The GloBallast PCU

04/04/2013 Keppel Retrofit VLCC BWTS
  Please see the Press release regarding the first BWTS retrofit for a VLCC by Keppel Shipyard of Keppel O&M.

Keppel Shipyard undertakes Singapores first Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit project for a VLCC. MOL Tankship Management (Asia) Pte Ltd (MOL) has awarded Keppel Shipyard with a landmark Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit project. This is the first BWTS retrofit for an existing Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned by a Japanese shipowner as well as the first such installation to be undertaken in Singapore.

The BWTS to be installed is the JFE Ballast Ace system, which was selected by MOL and supplied by JFE Engineering Corporation. The yards work scope for the MOL VLCC - expected to arrive at Keppel Shipyard in this month - includes the installation of oxidising and reducing agent tanks, pipes, filters and a control system.

Mr Chor How Jat, Managing Director of Keppel Shipyard, said, "We have serviced more than 200 vessels for the MOL Group since early 2000, when our companies signed a long-term fleet agreement. We are glad to be entrusted with this retrofit project, which bears testament of MOLs trust and confidence in our capabilities".

Keppel Shipyard is a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), a wholly-owned company of Keppel Corporation Limited. Keppel O&M is a leader in offshore rig design, repair and construction, shiprepair and conversion and specialised shipbuilding

03/04/2013 USCG BW Rules
  For those who would like information on the U.S. ballast water discharge standard and the Coast Guard requirements for type approval of ballast water management systems, please consult the USCG webpage and check the PowerPoint presentation .

The following articles are also of interest: DNV: Use of ballast water treatment systems in Brazil and the USA and EPA Finalizes New Vessel General Permit to Protect U.S. Waters from Invasive Species .

More information can be found on the EPA webpage.

02/04/2013 New Scientist Article
  Please read the article Ships must kill off the beasties in the ballast water by Fred Pearce in the NewScientist of 1 April 2013.

15/03/2013 Sustainable Development Goals
  SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS MUST ADDRESS THREATS TO ENVIRONMENT UN OFFICIALS New York, Mar 14 2013

United Nations officials today stressed that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are being formulated by Member States must address the environmental degradation that is threatening present and future generations.

"The eradication of poverty and promotion of health, education as well as economic and social development retain their prime importance," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the open working group on the SDGs in New York.

"These challenges will need to be addressed in the SDGs, but the SDGs must go further to integrate more comprehensively environmental sustainability," he added.

During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) last June, countries produced a document entitled "The Future We Want," which called for a wide range of actions, including beginning the process to establish sustainable development goals. The open working group was established to work on these goals and present a proposed list to the 68th session of the General Assembly in September.

"The SDGs should contribute to transformative change, in support of a rights-based, equitable and inclusive approach to sustainability at global, regional, national and local levels," Mr. Ban said.

"Too often the discussions on sustainable development get stuck in emphasizing trade-offs between growth, poverty and environment," Mr. Ban said. "Now we need to ensure that these important discussions ? especially regarding a post-2015 agenda ? advance economic, social, and environment objectives in a balanced and integrated manner."

The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, stressed that environmental issues need to be embedded in the worldviews of top diplomats and become an integral part of the SDG process.

"To safeguard the world from runaway climate change, we will need to de-couple economic growth from our dependence on carbon-based energy systems. I see no other effective option on the horizon. Continuing to build the global economy on fossil fuels would likely destroy our hopes to achieve sustainability," he said.

Mr. Jeremic added that achieving a sustainable future will require the input not just of government but of business leaders, the scientific community and civil society.

"The deliberations of the open working group should aim to establish a new form of global engagement, whose scope may very well be difficult to grasp," he said. "We must come together in common cause, with a single purpose: to make a universal transition to sustainability in a way that equitably addresses the needs of humanity for the 21st century."

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

14/03/2013 IMO-EBRD Marine Biosafety Initiative
  IMO/GloBallast continued its successful and innovative partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) by jointly organizing two national ballast water training seminars in Turkey in 2012, one of the LPCs of the GloBallast Partnerships Project in the Mediterranean region.

It is expected that the IMO-EBRD Marine Biosafety Initiative that focuses mainly on developing capacity among the Bank clients and private sector, will be expanded to other countries in the EBRD regions. Next training will take place in Batumi, Georgia in May 2013 for the public and private sectors.

Please see the article in the EBRD stories of the EBRD website.

03/03/2013 Africa Environment Day
  This is the message from Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, on the occasion of Africa Environment Day on 3 March 2013.

27/02/2013 GBP in Panama Maritime
  Dr. Jose Matheickal, GloBallast CTA, is representing the Project at the Panama Maritime XI Conference.

Dr. Matheickal will be giving a presentation on The Ballast Water Convention: Financial and Technical Impact on Shipping, emphasizing on overcoming the barriers to implementation.

22/02/2013 GBP Monographs in Arabic
  GloBallast PCU is proud to announce that GloBallat Monographs 17 (Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessment), 18 (Guidelines for Development of a National Ballast Water Management Strategy and 19 (Economic Assessment for Ballast Water Management: A Guideline) are now available in Arabic thanks to the support of IUCN and Fondation Total.

You can download them here.

08/02/2013 Catalysing Ocean Finance
  The worlds oceans and coastal areas are an integral part of life on earth. They are under significant threat, whether that be from pollution, overexploitation, habitat loss, invasive species, or climate change.

Over the past twenty years, the UNDP and the GEF have successfully developed a range of strategic planning tools aimed at assisting governments to put in place enabling policy environments to catalyse investment for restoring and protecting the marine environment.

Catalysing Ocean Finance volumes I & II takes stock of how effective these instruments have been in helping countries to address challenges facing the oceans and explore how they could be successfully scaled up.

GloBallast has been showcased in this publication as well as in International Waters - Delivering results for making a significant contribution to the global efforts in addressing the transfer of marine invasive species through ships ballast water in terms of catalysing environmental financing to support legal, policy and institutional reforms and significant private sector financing to develop technological solutions.

07/02/2013 RD Forum Korea 2013
  GloBallast Partnerships is proud to join hands with the Republic of Korea to organise the 5th Global R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management from 23 to 25 October in Busan, Republic of Korea.

This years focus theme is Meeting the demands of the BWM Convention : R&D in the context of catalysing innovative technologies.

The IMO-IMarEST Shipbuilders Forum will take place on 22 October.

So please put these dates in your calendars, and dont forget to submit your abstracts. Please also note that there will be an exhibition area.

A first call for papers, containing more information, can be found here and on the website www.ballast2013.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Busan!

The GloBallast PCU

28/01/2013 RD Forum 2011 Proceedings
  The IMO-GloBallast and the Republic of Turkey present the final proceedings of the Global R&D Forum on Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement that was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 26 to 28 October 2011.

The GloBallast PCU extends its thanks once again to all the partners that made both the R+D Forum and the proceedings publication possible.

06/12/2012 PERSGA twinnings
  The GloBallast Project is designed to assist all LPCs and Partner countries to develop, implement and enforce legal, policy and institutional reforms (LPIR) in order to reduce the risk of bio-invasions from ship ballasting activities.

With this in view, the role of the RCOs is to facilitate the participation of other partner countries in capacity building activities, hosted by the LPCs. PERSGA is the first RCO to have started the so-called "twinning" exercise, by organising two national trainings in Djibouti and Sudan. With the financial assistance of the GloBallast Project, Dr. M. Badran and a consultant travelled to both countries to train the participants on BWM, using the GloBallast introductory and the CME training packages and managing to get the countries to agree on a plan of action for a national strategy, the nomination of a lead agency and a national task force.

The other regions should follow next year in this exercise requested by the GPTF and the partner countries and so useful for a harmonised implementation of the Convention.

Well done PERSGA!

30/10/2012 ICBWM 2012
  Do not forget to register for the International Conference & Exhibition on Ballast Water Management in Singapore, 14-16 November 2012.

Please check http://www.ballast2012.com for information.

24/10/2012 National BWM seminars
  National BWM seminars took place in Casablanca, Morocco from 15 to 16 October and in Acco, Israel, from 18 to 19 October 2012. The activities were funded by the IMO ITCP (Morocco) and safeMed Project Funds (Israel).

The GloBallast PCU attended both seminars and assited the countries to start their national BWM strategies and draft their road map for the implementation of the Convention.

Both seminars were succesful and well attended by Transport and Environement Ministries, port authorities and shipping industry, allowing for fruitful discussions between all stakeholders.

15/10/2012 3rd GPTF South Africa
  The GloBallast PCU organized the 3rd GEF UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Global Project Task Force (GPTF) meeting, in Cape Town, South Africa, from 17 to 19 September 2012.

The meeting was hosted by the International Ocean Institute Southern Africa (IOI-SA), one of the most active strategic partners for the Project, and included an Open Seminar on Experiences and New Tools, which was organized on 19 September 2012 in order to present the latest tools under development by the Project and discuss this in the wider context of capacity building in the region.

The open seminar was kindly hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The meeting, attended by 30 participants, was very successful and identified the activities and priority actions needed to meet the objectives of the Project, and the implementation of the Convention at regional and national levels.




08/10/2012 BWM at MEPC 64
  The MEPC addressed a number of issues relating to implementation of the BWM Convention.

It approved a circular on issuance of Ballast Water Management Certificates during the 12-month period between the conditions of entry into force being met and the actual date of entry into force of the BWM Convention. The circular addresses the concern that the Convention allows no phase-in period for ships constructed prior to the entry into force of the Convention by recommending that Administrations may allow the issuance of International Ballast Water Management Certificates for such ships prior to entry into force of the Convention. The Certificates should be annotated to state that validity begins from the entry into force date, combined with a statement issued to the company when the BWM Plan was received, thereby allowing the vessel to trade for three months with an unapproved BWM Plan on board.

The MEPC instructed BLG 17, meeting in 2013, to consider updating resolution MEPC.175(58) on information reporting on type-approved systems. The resolution invites Member States to submit information to IMO on type-approved systems.

BLG 17 was also instructed to consider issues relating to monitoring and sampling of certain ballast water management systems.

The Committee also instructed a correspondence group to develop a draft IMO Assembly resolution on the implementation of regulation B-3 of the BWM Convention, with a view to approval by MEPC 65 and adoption by the 28th session of the Assembly in 2013. Regulation B-3 refers to specific dates for implementation of the BWM Convention, for ships constructed before 2009, between 2009 and 2012, and after 2012.

For the updated list of type approvals, please check the IMO website.

12/09/2012 BWM status of ratification
  The total number of contracting Parties to the BWM Convention has reached 36 representing 29.07% of the world tonnage after yesterdays ratification by Denmark (35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force). IMO Secretary General is urging a decisive action on ballast water in his keynote address to the ICS .

02/08/2012 New PCU Technical Adviser
  As of today, the GloBallast has finally regained its full staffing, as our new Technical Adviser joins us.

Antoine has a background in environmental engineering as well as ship-side experience from offshore geotechnical engineering. For the last two years, Antoine has been working with implementation of a sister project - the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI-WACAF).

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Antoine to the PCU and the GloBallast family!

Antoines details can be found on the PCU contact page.

31/07/2012 Invasive species video
  Removing Invasive Species from Ballast Water

How scientists are trying to prevent invasive species from hitching a ride to new ecosystems aboard.

Watch the video

19/07/2012 IMO coverage at Rio20
  See the coverage of IMO and GloBallast at Rio+20

14/06/2012 BWM at Rio20
  As promised, some live information on Rio+20. See the interview with UNDP Head of Water & Ocean Governance Programme, Mr. Andrew Hudson on the achievements of IMO on ballast water management, by the UN News Centre.

08/06/2012 Regional CME training PERSGA
  The GloBallast Partnerships PCU, in cooperation with the Regional Organization for Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) organized a regional training on Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) issues under the BWM Convention, in Aqaba, Jordan from 28 to 29 May 2012.

The activity was hosted by the Jordan Maritime Authority, at the University of Jordan, Aqaba branch.

The regional training course on CME under the BWM Convention is intended for Flag and/or Port State Control Officers involved or expected to be involved in Flag and Port State Control inspections carried out under the provisions of the BWM Convention.

In total 64 participants from Djibouti, Jordan, Saudi-Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and IUCN attended the training.

This was the first delivery the Arabic version of the training package. Here are some articles on the workshop: http://www.jo24.net/index.php?page=article&id=5333 http://www.zeraiah.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7186&Itemid=7

28/05/2012 BWM Status of ratification
  We are very pleased to announce that two more IMO Member States have ratified the BWM Convention. One of them is the Russian Federation which has benefited from the GloBallast Partnership with EBRD last year, through a series of Introductory and Advanced Training Courses on ballast water management mainly aimed at the private sector companies. The second one is Niue, which benefited from the regional workshop on the Legal implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention with emphasis on compliance, monitoring and enforcement in the Pacific, in collaboration with SPREP. The total number of contracting Parties has now reached 35 representing 27.95% of the world tonnage (35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force).

23/05/2012 Biological Diversity International Day
  ON BIODIVERSITY DAY, UN CHIEF CALLS FOR GREATER PROTECTION OF WORLD?S OCEANS

From UNNews New York, May 22 2012 12:10PM

Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the fragile state of the world?s oceans, urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

"Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the surface area of the globe. They are home to the largest animal known to have lived on the planet - the blue whale - as well as billions upon billions of the tiniest of microorganisms. From sandy shores to the darkest depths of the sea, oceans and coasts support a rich tapestry of life on which human communities rely," Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day.

"Yet, despite its importance, marine biodiversity has not fared well at human hands," he added.

The General Assembly proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this years observance is marine diversity.

In his message, Mr. Ban noted the impact of commercial over-exploitation of the worlds fish stocks, with more than half of global fisheries exhausted and a further third depleted, and between 30 and 35 per cent of critical marine environments - such as seagrasses, mangroves and coral reefs- estimated to have been destroyed. As well, plastic debris continues to kill marine life, and pollution from land is creating areas of coastal waters that are almost devoid of oxygen.

"Added to all of this, increased burning of fossil fuels is affecting the global climate, making the sea surface warmer, causing sea level to rise and increasing ocean acidity, with consequences we are only beginning to comprehend," he noted.

According to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the survival of marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity is essential to the nutritional, spiritual, societal and religious well-being of many communities, and not just those in coastal areas. Amongst its findings, it notes that fisheries provide more than 15 per cent of the global dietary intake of animal protein; oceans and coastal areas provide invaluable ecosystem services, from tourism to protection from storms; and, minuscule photosynthesizing plants called phytoplankton provide 50 per cent of all the oxygen on Earth.

Amidst the concerns over the future of marine biodiversity, Mr. Ban said, "there is hope." He pointed to a 2011 scientific review which showed that, despite all the damage inflicted on marine wildlife and habitats over the past centuries, between ten and 50 per cent of populations and ecosystems have shown some recovery when human threats were reduced or removed.

"However, compared to the land - where nearly 15 per cent of surface area is under some kind of protection - little more than one per cent of marine environments are protected," the UN chief said. "Lately, some progress is being made, particularly with the establishment of large-scale marine reserves and documenting areas of ecological or biological significance in open-ocean and deep-sea habitats."

Mr. Ban said the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, next month, will provide an opportunity to recommit to building on advances made so far.

"Rio+20 must galvanize action to improve the management and conservation of oceans through initiatives by the United Nations, governments and other partners to curb overfishing, expand marine protected areas and reduce ocean pollution and the impact of climate change," Mr. Ban said. "By taking action at the national, regional and global levels, including enhancing international cooperation, we can achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target of conserving 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas by 2020, a crucial step in protecting marine biodiversity for the future we want."

The CBD entered into force in December 1993, with three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

18/05/2012 Rio20 and Yeosu
  The GloBallast PCU is preparing for Rio+20 and Yeosu Expo.

The PCU CTA will attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable development, Rio+20, from 13 to 22 June.

From Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, and the Millennium Declaration to the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals in 2010, Governments have affirmed the need to intensify efforts to protect and sustainably manage the oceans, seas and coastal areas and their living resources. World leaders will be called upon in Rio to re-affirm and enhance these commitments. Rio+20 represents an opportunity to collectively embrace such commitments, which need to be translated into an Action Plan with concrete targets/expected results, benchmarks and timelines.

For more information on the Rio+20 Conference, please visit the IMO dedicated webpage .

The Yeosu Expo 2012 is being held in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, from 12 May to 12 August 2012, under the theme of Living Ocean and Coast.

IMO will be part of the UN Pavilion, which has 24 participating entities. The Pavilion, which will be open throughout the Expo, is an interactive journey from land to sea, explaining to the visitors how the various UN agencies are active in different issues.

The GloBallast Partnerships will also be showcased through participation in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Pavilion which is being coordinated by PEMSEA.

For more information on the Yeosu expo, please visit the UN pavilion page and the GEF page

In the lead up to these two major events, the PCU will keep you posted via the website and Twitter of course!

In the meantime, the GloBallast Partnerships has developed an Awareness leaflet for Rio detailing the progress accomplished in terms of regulation of the ballast water management issue and the support provided by the GloBallast Programme along the years. You can consult the leaflet on the Awareness Materials page of the GloBallast website.

16/05/2012 SafeMed training
  The EU-funded Safemed II project organised a Training Course on the Ballast Water Management Convention in Malta on 8 and 9 May 2012, in close cooperation with the IMO, the GloBallast Partnerships Project and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

The course was intended to serve as a follow up to the regional introductory course on ballast water management issues held in Egypt in 2008 within the framework of REMPEC?s programme of activities and the GloBallast Partnerships Project.

Whilst serving to emphasise the importance of the Convention for the Mediterranean region and to encourage further ratifications, the activity also served as a consolidation and implementation training course.

To read more visit: http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?id_type=1&id=28972&lang_id=450

20/04/2012 Progress in the Caribbean
  The Second Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management in the Caribbean Region took place in Port of spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 17 to 18 April 2012.

The main aims of this second regional Task Force meeting were to: .1 update and refine the adopted regional strategy and action plan; .2 review the national progress in the countries and explore ways to a) improve the regional harmonization; and b) promote increased efforts to implement the Convention throughout the region; .3 review the regional strategy and action plan in light of the other/neighboring regional strategies, in order to promote a global harmonization of BWM efforts; and .4 consider options to bring the strategy in to a regulatory/operational framework of the Cartagena Convention.

Mr. F. Haag reaffirmed GloBallasts support to assist in the development of a regional strategy on ships ballast water management in the Wider Caribbean Region, aimed at minimizing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens.

Trinidad and Tobago is a Lead partnering country in the Project and acceded to the BWM in January 2012, as the 33rd State Party.

For more news on the event, please check the following news on http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2012-04-18/tt-address-ballast-water-management and http://www.newsday.co.tt/business/0,158702.html.

03/04/2012 ICBWM 2012 Singapore
  http://ballast2012.com
  The next major BWM event of the year- the 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM) will be held in Singapore, 14-16 November 2012. The conference theme is "Bringing together the Shipping, Technology and Research communities", and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 June.

You can download the 1st announcement and call for papers here.

19/03/2012 GBP monographs in Russian
  GloBallast PCU is proud to announce that GloBallat Monographs 17 (Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessment), 18 (Guidelines for Development of a National Ballast Water Management Strategy and 19 (Economic Assessment for Ballast Water Management: A Guideline) are now available in Russian.

You can find them here.

23/02/2012 GloBallast GIA partner award
  APL, the singapore based global container carrier and GloBallast partner in the Global Industry Alliance, has been named the most environmentally responsible shipping line at the US port of Seattle.

You can read the article in Lloyds List of 23 February 2012, p.14

03/02/2012 GloBallast Mid Term Evaluation
  The mandatory Mid Term Evaluation for the GloBallast Partnerships Project has recently been finalised.The consultants report can be found here. The PCU would like to take this opportunity to thank all LPCs, RCOs, IMO and all other partners for their continuous support to the Project.

10/01/2012 PCU Announcements
  As of 1 January 2012, Dr. Jose Matheickal took up the position of Head, Technical Cooperation Coordination and Major Projects Section within the Marine Environment Division of IMO, thus leaving the GloBallast PCU after seven years.

On behalf of the entire GloBallast family, the PCU wishes to thank Dr. Matheickal for his efforts, dedication and relentless contribution to the Project, first as TA and then as CTA. He has been instrumental in the development and execution of the second phase of the GloBallast programme, and will of course be missed. We wish him the best of success in his new post, where he will, among other things, be supervising all the major projects in the Marine Environment Division of IMO (including GloBallast). So we are sure we can count on his support when needed, for many years to come.

To ensure a smooth transition, the Executive Committee agreed, during its meeting in November last year, that Mr. Fredrik Haag (previously the Technical Adviser) would take over the management of the Project as the Chief Technical Adviser. He and Ms. Aicha Cherif will continue to provide the countries and the regions with all the support needed to implement the Project activities.

The post of Technical Adviser has been advertised on the IMO website, and those who are interested and meet the qualifications are welcome to apply.


09/01/2012 Trinidad and Tobago ratifies
  We are pleased to announce that one of the Lead Partnering Countries of the GloBallast Partnerships Project, Trinidad and Tobago, has acceded to the BWM Convention, bringing the number of contracting parties to 33 (30 needed for entry into force). To enter into force a tonnage criteria also has to be met. Currently, the contracting parties represent 26.46% of the world tonnage, whereas 35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force.

19/12/2011 Lebanon ratifies BWM Convention
  One more country - Lebanon - has acceded to the BWM Convention, bringing the number of contracting parties to 32 (30 needed for entry into force). To enter into force a tonnage criteria also has to be met. Currently, the contracting parties represent 26.46% of the world tonnage, whereas 35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force.

13/12/2011 RD Forum presentations
  The presentations from the R&D Forum on BWM held in Istanbul in October are now available online. Please visit the conference website - www.ballast2011.com where you will also find photos and other information.

12/12/2011 GEF IWC-6
  GloBallast PCU attended the Sixth Biennial GEF International Waters Conference, which was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 16 to 20 October 2011.

Two representatives from two GloBallast Lead Partnering Countries, Turkey and Egypt, joined this mission. The conference was organized under the theme ?Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results?, and focussed on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. Another main objective of the conference was to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development. The conference featured an innovation marketplace (exhibition area), where projects showcased their activities and shared experiences. During the conference, there were also opportunities for training for IW project managers and country representatives, interaction with the GEF Secretariat, GEF agencies and several partner institutions working on International Waters projects. As the Mediterranean is a priority region for the GloBallast Partnerships Project, and Croatia is one of our Lead Partnering Countries (LPCs), this conference was an excellent forum to promote the project to a wide audience, including key donors and partners. The team participated in a variety of seminars and presentations, and used our booth in the exhibition area to showcase our tools and achievements, for example by displaying GloBallast promotional materials, guidelines and information, and screening the Invaders from the Sea documentary. The Project was fortunate to be showcased in several of the most high-profile events of the week. All GEF projects in the International Waters portfolio were expected to participate in this event, which serves as an important opportunity for inter-project networking, as well as a way for GEF to showcase its portfolio of projects within the International Waters sphere. In total, around 280 people participated, including GEF IW project managers, representatives of beneficiary countries, non-governmental organizations, transboundary management institutions, UN agencies and the private sector. Collectively they represented about 70 active GEF IW projects, 80 countries and the various GEF Agencies.

More information on the 6th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference can be found on the IW Learning Exchange and Resource Network

Links:

Private-Public Partnership Panel discussion.

Mr. Glemarecs intervention on GloBallast.

09/12/2011 RD Forum Turkey
  The fourth GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Project Research and Development Forum on Ballast Water Management (BWM) took place in Istanbul from 26 to 28 October 2011. The Forum was hosted by the Republic of Turkey at the Point Hotel Barbaros, Istanbul, and brought together academia, the shipping industry and the regulators for three days of cutting edge presentations and dialogue.

As the Convention is widely expected to enter into force within the next few years, this years theme was "Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement: The next R&D challenge and opportunity".

The events were coordinated in cooperation with the the Turkish Prime Ministrys Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs (UMA) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). This Forum was preceded by the second IMO/GloBallast/IMarEST Shipbuilders Forum on 25 October (the first Shipbuilders Forum was held in Singapore November 2010).

Around 150 participants attended the Shipbuiders and the R&D Forum. The presentations from the R&D Forum are available online. Please visit the conference website - www.ballast2011.com where you will also find photos and other information.

The Test Facilities for ballast water treatment technologies also met on 24 and 25 October.

Most of the world?s test facilities (Europe, Aisa and North America) were represented, and significant progress was made. The group agreed to start formalizing their commitments to harmonize their approaches to testing under the G8/G9 Guidelines through an MoU between the facilities.

06/12/2011 Montenegro ratifies BWM Convention
  Montenegro has acceded to the BWM Convention, bringing the number of contracting parties to 31 (30 needed for entry into force). To enter into force a tonnage criteria also has to be met. Currently, the contracting parties represent 26.44% of the world tonnage, whereas 35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force.

11/10/2011 Effective new technologies competition
  German administration arranges competition for promising technologies for assessing BWM compliance. More information can be found on www.bsh.de/en/The_BSH/BW_Compliance.

30/09/2011 Mongolia and Palau ratify
  Mongolia and Palau have acceded to the BWM Convention, bringing the number of contracting parties to 30 (out of the 30 needed for entry into force). To enter into force a tonnage criteria also has to be met. Currently, the contracting parties represent 26.44% of the world tonnage, whereas 35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force.

14/09/2011 BWM Status of ratification
  The earlier announcement that Denmark had acceded to the BWM Convention was premature, due to circumstances beyond the control of the IMO Secretariat. The status of ratification as of today remains as 28 Contracting States and 26.37% of world tonnage. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused

13/09/2011 Programme BWM Forum Turkey
  You can now download the draft programme of the IMO-IMarEST Shipbuilders Forum and of the R&D Forum on BWM in Istanbul here

31/08/2011 Monograph 19 in French
  GloBallast Monograph 19 - Economic Assessment for Ballast Water Management: A Guideline - is now available in French "Evaluation Economique de la Gestion des Eaux de Ballast : une Directive" thanks to the support of Fondation Total.

You can download the publication here.

26/08/2011 GloBallast Monograph 20
  GloBallast Partnerships is pleased to announce the publication of a joint GloBallast- Monograph No 20 and GESAMP Reports and Studies No. 83, Establishing Equivalency in the Performance Testing and Compliance Monitoring of Emerging Alternative Ballast Water Management Systems.

Funded and commissioned by the Global Industry Alliance, the report was initially presented during the R&D Forum in Malm? 2010. GloBallast Monograph 20/GESAMP Reports and Studies No. 83 can be downloaded from the Publications section.

19/08/2011 PBBS Nigeria
  Nigeria requested IMOs assistance for a national training on marine biological baseline study for the implementation of the BWM Convention in Nigeria to support the development of its national ballast water management strategy.

A port baseline survey is considered vital for assessing existing natural conditions and the presence or absence of introduced marine species. Such surveys should be conducted in accordance with internationally adopted protocols / guidelines such as the training programme developed by GloBallast and National Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand, and should be conducted on an ongoing basis as a long-term biological monitoring programme for each port. This will allow any existing introductions to be tracked and managed, and any new introductions to be detected.

No study had been carried out in Nigeria on the magnitude of ballast water as an IAS vector. It was important that a port biological baseline survey was conducted within Nigerias two ports to document all native, alien and cryptogenic species that are found within Nigerias marine and coastal environment. Once the baseline is established, Nigeria can keep monitoring the baseline at intervals to make sure that the invasion prevention strategy is working and to review and revise it.

The national training, which was delivered under the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme, was implemented by the GloBallast Partnerships Programme Coordination Unit in cooperation with the IMOs regional coordinator in Ghana, took place from 9 to 11 August 2011 and was delivered by a team of two consultants from the region (Ghana and South Africa). The three-day course covered all aspects of port surveys, from planning and funding to taxonomy, collection, housing and final reporting. It also gave the participants an opportunity to initiate planning for a port survey in their home port. The training also involved field sampling activities with all trainees having an opportunity to observe and participate in the sampling activities.
The training was also the opportunity to increase cooperation between Ghana and Nigeria.

The training was a great success and GloBallast PCU thanks Nigeria and everyone who made it possible. For more information, you can consult the following article http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/08/imo-trains-nigerians-on-management-of-marine-pollution/.

18/08/2011 RD Forum Turkey
  The IMO-GloBallast-Republic of Turkey Global R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management with focus on Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement is approaching!
The last announcement can be downloaded here

The exciting draft programme and more details about this event can be found on the Forum website.

Dont miss the BWM event of the year - register now!

02/08/2011 PBBS Georgia
  Participants from all littoral states of the Black and Caspian Seas gathered in Batumi Georgia from 20 to 22 July for a training course on Port Biological Baselines Surveys. The training, using a course developed by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, provided marine biologists and environmental officers from maritime administrations and port authorities with a common approach to biological surveys in ports. Since shipping is a potential vector for transporting invasive alien species (IAS) through ballast water and hull fouling, a biological baseline survey is a valuable tool to be able to monitor the introduction of new and invasive species, and thereby provide an opportunity for incursion management.

The training, which was delivered under the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme, was implemented by the GloBallast Partnerships Programme Coordination Unit in cooperation with the Black Sea Commission and the CaspEco project. The activity was hosted by the Georgia Maritime Transport Agency with support from the Black Sea Monitoring Centre in Batumi.

Sampling during field trip in Batumi port. Photo A. Awad


01/08/2011 MEPC 62 presentation
  As a matter of tradition, the GloBallast PCU gives a lunchtime presentation during MEPC on the Project progress. This year, the presentation was going to be a joint one together with the Global Network of Test Facilities and the Republic of Turkey.

The technology development community is actively developing various treatment systems to cater to the emerging ballast water technology market. Such treatment technologies are required to undergo various testing and thorough approval processes, as per the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. Initiated by the Global Industry Alliance and GloBallast, the test facilities around the world are now establishing a Global Network of Ballast Water Test Facilities. The Network aims to ensure consistency and comparability of test results, and thereby promote global acceptance irrespective of the test facilities used to test/approve the ballast water treatment systems. In October, the test facilities will meet for their third harmonization meeting, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Following the successful IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum in Malmo in January 2010, the Republic of Turkey and IMO are joining hands to organize the 4th Research and Development Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management which will bring together the international community engaged in a variety of aspects of ballast water management. The main focus of this years Global Forum is on Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement aspects. The Forum will also provide an opportunity to share the latest R&D efforts in all fields of Ballast Water Management. The presentation will also cover the latest risk assessment tool developed by the Republic of Turkey.

Unfortunately, due to the heavy agenda of MEPC 62 and the working groups working during lunch, the presentation was cancelled. Nevertheless, you can download it here

27/07/2011 Panama joins LPC track
  We are very pleased to announce the projects next Lead Partnering Country (LPC). As of today, Panama has joined the LPC track. Panama is the worlds largest flag (currently with appr. 21% of the worlds merchant tonnage) and is strategically located as a member of both the Wider Caribbean and CPPS regions. The GloBallast PCU congratulates Panama to this very welcome step and look forward to the coming years of continued close collaboration at national, regional and global levels. Welcome to the GloBallast LPC family, Panama!

10/06/2011 2nd call for papers
  The second call for papers for the IMO-GloBallast / Rep. of Turkey R&D Forum on Ballast Water Management, has now been issued. The Forum will be held in Istanbul from 26 to 28 October 2011. We are getting close to the deadline for submission of abstract, so please submit as soon as possible to ensure that your papers are accepted. There will be several side events during this week, including the 2nd Shipbuilders Forum and the 3rd Test Facility Forum. More information and registration on the Forum website: www.ballast2011.com

06/06/2011 Second RTF in PERSGA
  The contracting parties of the Jeddah Convention are meeting in Hurghada, Egypt, for the second Regional Task Force meeting on BWM from 6 to 7 June 2011. The meeting, organised by PERSGA at the EMARSGA centre, aims at reviewing project progress in the region since the last meeting in June 2009, and to discuss and finalise the regional strategy and action plan. The region covers Egypt, Djibouti, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

18/04/2011 Current list of Parties
  With the recent ratification by IR Iran, the list of current Parties to the BWM Convention is: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cook Islands, Croatia, Egypt, France, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Tuvalu.

13/04/2011 Iran ratifies BWM Convention
  The Islamic Republic of Iran has acceded to the BWM Convention by depositing their instruments of ratification with IMO on 6 April 2011. This brings the total number of parties to 28 (out of the 30 required for entry into force) and the tonnage to 25.43% (out of the 35 % required).

30/03/2011 Joint MTEC-IMO-GloBallast Conference
  Dr. Matheickal will be chairing the Joint MTEC-IMO-GloBallast Conference Session & Panel Discussion on "Ballast Water Management & Marine Biosecurity" on 13 April 2011 during the International Maritime-Port Technology and Development Conference 2011 in Singapore from 13 to 15 April 2011.

More details about this event can be found in the information leaflet and at the MTEC 2011 website.


25/03/2011 First CME training Croatia
  The Mediterranean was the first region for a pilot GloBallast Regional Training Workshop on the Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) of the BWM Convention.

This Training Workshop formed part of the preparatory work for a training package on CME issues, currently being developed by the GloBallast Partnerships Project and which will be used to deliver similar training events in other regions of the world.

The Workshop was organised by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), in close co-operation with IMO and the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia, and held in Split, Croatia, between 15 and 16 March 2011. REMPEC is the Regional Coordination Organisation (RCO) for the implementation of the GloBallast Partnerships Project in the Mediterranean region.

Delivered within the framework of the GEF/UNDP/IMO GloBallast Partnerships Project, the Workshop provided practical knowledge on CME approaches of the BWM Convention. It was funded by IMO?s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and by REMPEC?s Mediterranean Trust Fund (MTF) budget.

Thirty five (35) participants representing nineteen (19) Mediterranean coastal States attended the Workshop coordinated by REMPEC, the GloBallast PCU, and Mr Zafrul Alam, Assistant Director of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore who acted as the lead consultant for this Workshop.



Participants consisted of officers involved or expected to be involved in flag and/or port State control inspections carried out under the provisions of the BWM Convention.

Besides Mr Alam, GloBallast PCU and REMPEC, the lecturers at the workshop included Mr Brian Elliot, Senior Project Officer for Environment Protection at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Mr Tonci Tadic, Director of Environmental Strategy at Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., Dr Raphael Baumler, Assistant Professor at the World Maritime University (WMU), Ms Ivana Marovic, from the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia and Dr. Arzu Olgun, Senior Researcher at Tubitak - Marmara Research Centre in Turkey.

The workshop familiarised participants with the provisions of the BWM Convention and its application during flag and port State control, as well as with the development of an appropriate national regulatory framework for the implementation of the Convention including sampling requirements and techniques. A practical view on the application and enforcement of the Convention was also presented by a representative of the shipping industry. Participants at the workshop had the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns related to the enforcement of the BWM Convention, which is expected to enter into force in the near future.

They also participated in desk top and role play exercises on the implementation of the Convention.


24/03/2011 Monograph 18 in French
  GloBallast Monograph 18 - Guidelines for the development of a National Ballast Water management Strategy - is now available in French "Directives pour lelaboration dune strategie nationale de gestion des eaux de ballast" thanks to the support of Fondation Total.

You can download the publication here.

07/03/2011 RD Forum Turkey
  GloBallast Partnerships is proud to announce the forthcoming event: Global R+D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management.

This prestigious event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 26 to 28 October 2011.

Following the successful IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum in Malmo in January 2010, the Republic of Turkey and the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships are joining hands to organize the Research and Development Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management which will bring together the international community engaged in a variety of aspects of ballast water management. The main scope of this years Forum is Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement activities and provides an opportunity to share the latest R&D efforts.

The Forum will provide an open debate between some of the worlds largest maritime organizations involved in shipping, ship building and design, maritime R&D institutes, technology developers, environmental organizations and academia to discuss the cutting edge issues in ballast water management.

This event is the result of collaboration between UMA-Turkish Prime Ministry Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs, TUBITAK-The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and GloBallast Partnerships and will be preceded by pre-Conference shipbuilders forum.

A first call for papers, containing more information, can be found here

We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!

Best regards,
GloBallast Partnerships PCU

28/02/2011 First EBRD-GloBallast training
  The first delivery of the joint EBRD-IMO Training course on ballast water management aimed at the shipping and port sectors proved to be a big success, based on the level of engagement of private sector representatives in the training and the feed backs received from the participants. The first training course, under the recently launched IMO-EBRD Marine Biosfatey Initiative, was held from 22 to 25 February 2011 in Yuzhny, a major port city close to Odessa in Ukraine.



This novel partnership between IMO and EBRD aims to assist the countries to reduce the risk from harmful organisms and pathogens transferred in ships ballast water, and to assist the shipping and port sector in building technical and institutional capacity to meet the new mandatory requirements of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (2004).

Lack of capacity has been identified as the single most important barrier in addressing ballast water issues in developing countries and in meeting the Convention requirements. The Bank joined hands with IMO as any such lack of capacity could have significant impact on the competitiveness of both port and maritime sectors in the Bank regions, as the ships and ports would soon have to start meeting the international requirements, subject to the entry into force of the Convention.

The IMO-EBRD initiative uses a series of capacity building tools developed by the GloBallast Partnership Project being executed by the Marine Environment Division of IMO, and targets a wide spectrum of private sector stakeholders in the selected countries. This series of training courses kick-started in Yuzhny is thus intended to generate a catalytic effect in improving the competitiveness of the maritime and port industries that contribute significantly to the economic development of the Bank regions. Building capacity in Bank regions will also assist the Bank member countries to put in place appropriate legal and policy frameworks that will drive the compliance process, and the same time prepare the ground for investment in related infrastructure such as sediment reception facilities, shipping fleet modernisation and technology development and commercialization. The capacity building activities will also provide the private sector with the right technical and institutional skills to meet the international requirements of the countries they trade with. Most importantly, this will lead to the protection of the regional shores, coastal economies and public health from the biosecurity risks related to the transfer of harmful organisms and pathogens by ships ballast water and sediments.

The training initiative, which is funded completely by the EBRD, is being executed by Royal Haskoning through selected course instructors from the Ukraine and Russia, with technical back-stopping provided by IMOs GloBallast Programme Coordination Unit (PCU).




28/02/2011 Turkey makes further progress
  As a Lead Partnering Country (LPC) in the GloBallast Partnerships project, Turkey is making significant progress, taking a lead on several issues both regionally and globally as was revealed during a PCU mission to Istanbul from 15 to 18 February.

Contracted by the Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs (UMA), the Scientific and Technological Research Centre of Turkey (TUBITAK) has developed a set of inter-linked tools to support the implementation of the BWM Convention, including a Port Risk Assessment tool, building on the GloBallast Port Risk Assessment methodology.

On Friday 18 February, a National Task Force meeting was convened at TUBITAK. The meeting was attended by approximately 55 participants representing all parts of the Turkish shipping industry, as well as the relevant government agencies and ministries.

During the meeting, a draft national BWM strategy was presented by UMA and endorsed by the meeting. The strategy, together with a national status assessment and economic impact assessment, had been developed within the GloBallast project framework.

20/01/2011 Monograph 18 in Spanish
  GloBallast Monograph 18 - Guidelines for the development of a National Ballast Water management Strategy - is now available in Spanish thanks to Colombia and CPPS: "Procedimientos para el Desarrollo de la Estrategia Nacional de Control y Gestion del Agua de Lastre y Sedimentos de los Buques". You can download the publication here.

19/01/2011 Economic Assessment Guidelines published
  http://globallast.imo.org/index.asp?page=monograph.htm&menu=true
  GloBallast Partnerships is pleased to announce the publication of GloBallast Monograph No 19, Economic Assessment for Ballast Water Management: A Guideline.

This is the latest in a series of guidelines and tools to assist countries and regions in their efforts on ballast water management, and it has been developed jointly with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). (IUCN) .

Monograph 19 can be downloaded from the Publications section. Publications section.

20/12/2010 Further progress in Asia
  Over the past two weeks, National BWM seminars were delivered in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bangladesh by the GloBallast PCU in an intensified effort to build additional capacity on the requirements of the Convention.

These efforts will hopefully generate positive impacts in the countries and throughout the region on the ratification and implementation of the Convention.

In Colombo, the seminar was hosted by the Merchant shipping division of the Ministry of Ports and Aviation and was attended by around 60 delegates from all parts of the shipping community, as well as the Marine Environmental Protection Agency.

In Dhaka, approximately 30 delegates from various stakeholders attended the seminar hosted by the Department of Shipping.

Indonesia has already introduced the BWM into the law on shipping, 2008. Delegates were conversant with the implications of the Convention but the seminar provided an excellent opportunity to harmonize and further strengthen the efforts under way.

Following these national seminars, the GloBallast PCU attended the inception meeting of the ASEAN--‐India Cooperation Project on Extent of Transfer of Alien Invasive Organisms in South/SE Asia Region by Shipping. The PCU provided information on the Convention and its implications, as well as the GloBallast global and regional initiatives, and the tools and guidelines available. It was also a good opportunity to meet the focal points from the participating countries (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - Brunei and Cambodia unable to attend) and discuss in detail the project implementation plans and activities, including possible synergies between the projects.

The GloBallast PCU would like to thank all those who made these activities possible. It is extremely encouraging to see the level of commitment from the BWM community, at all levels.
Thank you and best wishes for the New Year!

25/11/2010 GloBallast progresses in Asia
  GloBallast Partnerships has implemented a series of BWM related activities in Asia over the last few weeks.

During phase 1 of the project, both China and India were pilot countries, and there is thus a great amount of expertise and experience in this region, although many countries are still in need of capacity building. The current efforts are intended to build on the previous experiences from the region, as well as more recent efforts around the world. ,br>
In China, GloBallast PCU, together with the Biosafety Section at IMO, organized a national workshop from 26-27 October, gathering over 60 participants from various stakeholders to discuss the progress in China since the first phase of GloBallast. The workshop, hosted by the China Maritime Safety Administration and the Ministry of Transport, was held in Qingdao.

The same week, on 28-29 October, the GloBallast PCU facilitated a regional workshop on the legal implementation of the BWM Convention that was conducted under the Singapore-IMO Third Country Training Programme. The training, hosted by the Government of Singapore, was attended by 27 participants from 12 countries in the region.

Following the successful GloBallast-GIA test facility workshop on harmonization of methodologies and protocols, the worlds test facilities for BWM technologies gathered in Singapore for two days for the 2nd test facility harmonization workshop. The test facility operators agreed to work closely to improve the transparency and harmonization of various aspects of testing, in particular the QA/QC protocols and reporting. An interim steering group was established, with the GloBallast PCU as the interim secretariat.

On 1 November, IMO-GloBallast and the GIA, together with IMarEST, organized a one-day forum for shipbuilders and shipyards. The forum provided an opportunity to learn about the requirements of the Convention from this specific perspective, but also a possibility to discuss the way forward and the obstacles that need to be overcome before the Convention enters into force, and thereafter. The Forum was attended by some 80 participants.

These events were followed by the 5th International Conference & Exhibition on Ballast Water Management. This conference is a joint initiative by IMO-GloBallast and Singapore, and the fifth edition was organized by the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) in Singapore, supported by IMO-GloBallast, the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering in Singapore (IESE), and the MPA of Singapore.

The GloBallast PCU would like to thank all those who made these activities possible. It is extremely encouraging to see the level of commitment from the BWM community, at all levels. Thank you!

30/09/2010 Malaysia ratifies BWM Convention
  Malaysia has acceded to the BWM Convention by depositing its instruments of ratification with IMO on 27 September 2010.

The accession by Malaysia brings the total number of parties to the Convention to 27 and the number of contracting parties to 27, representing 25.32%of the world merchant tonnage. The BWM Convention has moved one step closer to its entry into force!

28/09/2010 MEPC 61
  The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meets for its 61st session from 27 September to 1 October 2010 at the IMO Headquarters in London. Representatives from GloBallast LPCs, RCOs and Strategic partners are attending the meeting which, among other things, will address issues relating to the implementation of the BWM Convention and the need for ratification of the Convention without further delay to achieve its entry into force.

As a side-event during the MEPC, the GloBallast Programme Coordination Unit and the Global Industry Alliance Task Force will jointly give a presentation to give an overview of the achievements of the Global Industry Alliance to date.

MEPC 61 is followed by the 2nd GloBallast Global Project Task Force meeting, 3-4 October, and the IMO-UNEP Forum on inter-regional cooperation in BWM, 5 October.

14/09/2010 BWM initiatives East Africa
  http://globallast.imo.org
  The GloBallast PCU and the IMO Regional Coordinator for East Africa are attending the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project steering committee meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 13-17 September.

During this meeting, the progress in the nine participating countries and the workplan for the coming years will be discussed. The PCU is presenting the experiences from the GBP regions, with a view to replicate the regional and national efforts in the East African region.

Back to back with this regional meeting, a national awareness-raising seminar/workshop for Tanzania is being facilitated by the PCU and the IMO Regional Coordinator.

For more information about the ASCLME project, please see www.asclme.org.

09/09/2010 ICBWM 2010 Singapore
  http://www.ballast2010.com
  The next major BWM event - the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM) - will be held in Singapore, 1-4 November 2010. The conference theme is BWM implementation "challenges and opportunities".

Read more and register on the conference website www.ballast2010.com. The advance programme can be downloaded here.

The IMO-IMarEST Shipbuilders Forum on the Ballast Water Management Convention will also be taking place in Singapore on 1 November 2010. This Forum will provide the latest information on the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and in particular what the implications are for the shipbuilding and ship repair industries. Please note that a discount of 10% is available on ICBWM 2010 registration fees for registered IMO-IMarEST Shipbuilders Forum participants.

The flyer for the shipbuilders forum can be downloaded by clicking here.

09/09/2010 GPTF and IMO-UNEP Forum
  http://globallast.imo.org
  The 2nd Global Project Task Force (GPTF) meeting of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Project, hosted by IMO and co-chaired by GEF-UNDP and IMO, will be held in London from 3 to 4 October 2010.

It is expected that the invited representatives from the GloBallast Lead Partnering Countries (LPC), Regional Coordinating Organizations (RCO), representatives of GEF-UNDP, IMO and other Strategic Partners will participate in this meeting to discuss experiences from the GloBallast regions (national, regional and global levels).

The GPTF is the highest advisory mechanism for the GBP.

The meeting will be followed by the IMO-UNEP Forum on Regional cooperation in Ballast Water Management, to be held in London on 5 October 2010.

The objective of this one-day Forum is to bring together stakeholders that are involved in regional processes related to BWM, in order to identify key strengths, opportunities, threats and weaknesses, with the aim of developing an action plan to facilitate and strengthen inter-regional cooperation for harmonized implementation of the BWM Convention.

The Forum, which will focus more on the operational level aspects and development of an action plan to facilitate intra-regional cooperation, will also receive guidance from a strategic level discussion on ballast water issues that is planned at the UNEP Regional Seas meeting in Bergen, Norway, from 20 to 21 September 2010.

02/09/2010 New PCU Member
  http://globallast.imo.org
  As of today, Ms. Aicha Cherif has joined the PCU as the new Programme Management Assistant. Aicha has previously worked in the Technical Cooperation Division of IMO and before that the Marine Safety Division, and thus brings a long experience of project and activity implementation. She has a background in maritime law and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Aicha to the PCU and the GloBallast family!



Aichas contact details can be found on the PCU contact page.

We would also like to thank Bob Macciochi for his dedication to the project and hard work during the past 2 years. It has been a pleasure to work with Bob and we wish him all the best in his future career.


03/08/2010 Black Sea Regional Meetings
  http://www.blacksea-commission.org/main.asp
  IMO ? BSC join hands to protect the Black Sea

Within the framework of the GloBallast Partnerships, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission) organized a workshop, including legal training, between 19-21 July 2010 in Odessa, Ukraine, to prepare for the ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention - BWMC).

The workshop is the first joint activity of the IMO and BSC within the framework of their recent Memorandum of Understanding and it brought together bureaucrats, legal experts and scientists from six Black Sea littoral states. It was hosted by the State Administration of Maritime and Inland Water Transport, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Ukraine.

For more information, please see the press release here.

15/07/2010 Test Facility Forum report
  http://globallast.imo.org
  Earlier this year, 24-25 January, the first ever global forum for test facilities was held in Malmo, Sweden.

A summary of the meeting has earlier been published in the Proceedings from the R&D Forum on Emerging BWM Systems (available here).

The full report can now be downloaded here.

05/07/2010 MED agrees on strategy
  The second meeting of the Mediterranean Regional Task Force was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1 to 3 June 2010. Representatives from eighteen Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have agreed upon eight strategic priorities to efficiently address the issue of ships? ballast water and invasive species in the Mediterranean, as well as on measures to be taken at national, sub-regional or regional level to put into effect these strategic priorities. ?The Mediterranean Sea is a world?s major shipping area with more than 300,000 port calls per annum and more than 10,000 ships transiting this busy highway every year. Ballast water discharges by ships can have a negative impact on the marine environment,? said Fr?ric H?rt, Director of REMPEC ? the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea of UNEP/MAP. For more information, see http://www.rempec.org.

05/07/2010 GCLME legal training
  The countries in the GCLME region met in Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 to 17 June for a Regional Training and Workshop on the Legal Implementation of the BWM Convention. The training provided maritime lawyers from the region to familiarize themselves with the Convention, and prepare for the drafting of national legislation. The highly successful training was hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

05/07/2010 NTF meetings in GCLME
  The National Task Forces (NTFs) of Ghana and Nigeria, convened on the 18th and 17th of June respectively, indicating that the two Lead Partnering Countries of the GCLME region are making progress with the GloBallast project activities at the national level and the implementation of the BWM Convention. GloBallast PCU congratulates the two LPCs in the GCLME region!

01/07/2010 Croatia ratifies BWM Convention
  http://globallast.imo.org
  Croatia has acceded to the BMW Convention by depositing its instruments of ratification with IMO on 29 June 2010. Croatia is a Lead Partnering Country (LPC) from the Mediterranean region participating in the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships programme.

The accession by Croatia brings the total number of parties to the Convention to 26 and with this, the BWM Convention has moved one step closer to its entry into force. It is widely expected that a number of other countries are very close to their accession to the Convention in 2010.

The GloBallast family congratulates Croatia on this important step.


07/06/2010 IMarEST becomes strategic partner
  We are very pleased to announce that the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has joined GloBallast Partnerships as a strategic partner. IMarEST has an active interest in the BWM issue, and has recently set up a special interest group on ballast water management. For more information about IMarEST, please see www.imarest.org. GBP PCU welcomes IMarEST to the GloBallast family!

27/05/2010 Monograph 17 - Spanish
  http://globallast.imo.org
  GloBallast Monograph 17 - Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessments - is now available in Spanish.

You can download the publication here.

21/05/2010 Register for 5th ICBWM
  http://www.ballast2010.com
  It is time to register for the next major BWM event - the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM), which will be held in Singapore, 1-4 November 2010. The conference theme is "BWM implementation -challenges and opportunities", and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 13 June 2010.

Read more, register and submit your abstracts on the conference website www.ballast2010.com

The 1st announcement and call for papers can be downloaded here.

20/05/2010 Argentina hosts legal training
  The GloBallast Advanced Legal Training Course for the South East Pacific + Argentina region was kick-started on 19 May 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, marking an important milestone in the regions efforts to move towards implementation of the Convention. The training course is attended by senior legal professionals from Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Several countries of the Region has progressed well towards ratification of the Convention and in the opening speech, Rear Admiral Manuel Andres Monzon of Prefectura Naval Argentina highlighted the importance of this key step of legislative reform and the related capacity building to support the implementation of the BWM Convention. The regional training course is coordinated by Globallast Partner and Regional Coordinating Organization which is the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific as well as the Secretariat for the Lima Convention (CPPS).

14/05/2010 Global RD Forum proceedings
  http://globallast.imo.org
  It is with great pleasure that IMO-GloBallast and WMU present the proceedings of the Global R+D Forum on Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems.

This publication will soon be available to purchase as a hard copy via the IMO bookshop. In the meantime it is available as a pdf from the GloBallast site here .

The GloBallast PCU extends its thanks once again to all the global partners that made both the R+D Forum, and the proceedings publication, possible.

12/05/2010 Netherlands ratifies Convention
  The Netherlands has deposited its instruments of ratification with IMO, bringing the total number of Parties to 25, and the gross tonnage to 24.28%. The number of Parties to the BWM Convention has been increasing rapidly during the last 6 months. Since November last year, 7 countries have ratified. GloBallast congratulates the Netherlands to this important and welcome decision!

29/04/2010 Advanced training package workshop
  GloBallast PCU is convening a workshop at the Great Eastern Institute for Maritime Studies (http://www.geinstitute.com), India, to develop an Advanced Training Package on Ballast Water Management, for use by the shipping industry, ports, etc. A team of leading experts in the field, will meet from 26 -30 April to develop the package, which follows the very successful introductory training package. The new training material present the operational aspects of BWM from the ship, flag and port aspects. The final package is expected to be available latter this year.

16/04/2010 More BWM Convention ratifications
  Two more countries have recently deposited their instruments of ratification with IMO ? Canada (8 April) and Brazil (14 April). This brings the total number of parties to 24 representing 23.29 per cent of the world tonnage. Brazil thus follows South Africa, becoming the second GloBallast pilot phase country to ratify the Convention. GloBallast congratulates Brazil and Canada to this important step!

01/04/2010 Country Profile Database Online
  http://globallast.imo.org/index.asp?page=country_profiles/intro.asp
  GloBallast PCU is proud to announce the launch of the Country Profile Database (CPD. This database is the first step towards the creation of an online Global Marine Environmental Information System (GMEIS), under the auspices of the GloBallast Programme.

The CPD is a publicly-viewable database that allows all countries to share information on their ballast water regulations, the details of relevant authorities, and a wide range of other ballast water-related information. This information, being publicly viewable, will be useful for ship-owners, crew members and other interested parties, allowing them to ascertain the regulations in their destination country. Port States will be able to view and compare their regulations with others, and countries in the process of developing such regulations will be able to see how others have approached the problem. To this end, countries are urged to complete their profiles as soon, and as completely, as possible.

The CPD has initially been developed by GloBallast, but an exciting new partnership has been forged with the Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC), Maryland, USA. This will allow the combination of the CPD, with the MERC?s database on all forms of marine pollution, along with a user-friendly interface.

For additional information on port specific ballast water, and other environmental discharge, regulations visit MERC.


01/04/2010 GloBallast Forum Launched
  http://globallast.imo.org/forum/default.asp
  The new GloBallast E-Forum is live and active!

This Forum represents a meeting place for discussion of all things related to ballast water. GloBallast countries can discuss their approaches, questions can be asked of the GloBallast team directly, and information and experience shared between anyone and everyone.

All interested parties are encouraged to register, and to start using the forum as actively as possible. In addition, there is a forum for feedback and suggestions on site improvements, so please do not hesitate to suggest ways to improve the Forum.

We look forward to seeing you in the GloBallast E-Forum!


30/03/2010 GloBallast on Twitter
  http://twitter.com/GloBallast
  GloBallast is now on Twitter, where you can follow the latest updates and progress. To follow the news posted by GloBallast on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com (or click on the heading of this newsflash) and create an account, then search for GloBallast.

25/03/2010 Nigeria joins LPC track
  http://globallast.imo.org
  As of March 2010, Nigeria has joined the LPC track, thus becoming the second LPC in the GCLME region together with Ghana.

GloBallast Partnerships LPCs are designated based on a strong commitment to make progress with the implementation of the BWM Convention, as well as to provide support to national and regional activities under the GloBallast Partnerships framework. The ~70 countries who are actively participating in the project have taken either a Lead Partnering Track or Partnering Track and these tracks are interchangable depending on the progress achieved by the countries in meeting the agreed project milestones. The LPC role also allows the countries to benefit from the GEF project intervention at national level. The GCLME region has been the only region with only one LPC (currently WCAR has 4, MED 2, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden 3 and South East Pacific + Argentina Region 3), and the additional support and commitment from Nigeria to take a lead role will be extremely beneficial for the region as well as the overall progress of the project.

Nigeria signed the BWM Convention as early as in October 2005, and has committed to continue the implementation of the Convention, and to take a lead in the region and work closely with its neighbouring countries to share experiences.

The GloBallast PCU congratulates Nigeria to this very welcome step and look forward to the coming years of even closer collaboration as particular focus is given to the progress at the national level in our LPCs.


25/03/2010 India Electronic BW reporting
  http://www.bwmindia.com
  India, one of the GloBallast Pilot Countries from the first phase of the project, has introduced a voluntary e-Ballast Water Reporting Form at the major ports in the country.

More information can be found in MEPC document 60/2/14 and on http://www.bwmindia.com

25/03/2010 GloBallast attends Baltic seminar
  http://www.balticmaster.org
  The GloBallast Partnerships PCU participated in the Baltic Master II regional seminar on ballast water management and the current situation of ballast water and sediments treatment in the Baltic Sea region. The seminar was held on 17 and 18 March 2010 in Gdynia, Poland, hosted by the Port of Gdynia.

Baltic Master II is a partly EU-funded project, focusing on enhancing the prevention of pollution from maritime transport in the Baltic Sea. More information is available online at http://www.balticmaster.org

25/03/2010 LR treatment technologies review
  http://www.lr.org/bwm
  The publication "Ballast Water treatment technology review: current status" has been updated by Lloyd?s Register. The new version, which provides an overview of the available treatment technologies and their characteristics, is available from www.lr.org/bwm

25/02/2010 Progress in GCLME region
  http://igcc.gclme.org/
  Nigeria and Sierra Leone - national progress

Two countries in the GCLME region have held national trainings/seminars on ballast water management. The two very successful events, which were supported by the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme, built capacity among a variety of stakeholders in the respective countries.

In Sierra Leone, 25 participants attended the training from 3 to 4 February. Participants represented the Maritime Administration, Ports Authority, Institute of Marine Biology, Fisheries/marine resources Ministry, Sierra Leone Shipping Lines company, Biological sciences department of the University of Sierra Leone, Civil Society NGO, and Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting was hosted by the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), being the Lead Agency for BWM in the country. During the meeting, Sierra Leone established a National Task Force (NTF) for the control and management of ships ballast water made up of 11 stakeholder organisations. Deputy Executive Director of SLMA was elected as the Focal Point (FP). The NTF went ahead to propose February 26 as the date for its first inaugural meeting to discuss its work programme.

In Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) hosted the two-day event from 17 to 18 February. In his keynote address, the Director General of NIMASA, Mr Temisan Omatseye, noted that the Seminar was aimed at raising awareness of stakeholders on the provisions of the Ballast Water Management Convention adding that implementation strategies for Nigeria would be drawn up at the end of the workshop. While declaring NIMASA?s commitment to ensure the smooth implementation of the provisions of the Convention in Nigeria, Mr Omatseye also stated that the Agency will invest in capacity building to address Ballast Water issues adding that traffic of Ships in and out of Nigeria can only increase.

The meeting also established a National Task Force, to be chaired by the Director General of NIMASA. The NTF will meet again in March to finalise its work plan.

GloBallast PCU congratulates Nigeria and Sierra Leone to the important progress made!


04/02/2010 Regional BWM Strategy Adopted
  http://www.cpps-int.org/plandeaccion
  Southeast Pacific & Argentina region adopts regional BWM Strategy

The XVI Meeting of the Parties to the Lima Convention held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, adopted, on 22 January 2010, the Regional Strategy for Ballast Water Management in the Southeast Pacific countries and Argentina Region. The Regional Strategy and its Plan of Action were developed during the Second Meeting of the Regional Task Force held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 2009. National delegates to the COP also urged the national focal points for the creation of national task forces, where appropriate, and the immediate implementation of the Action Plan according to the defined schedule. Development and adoption of a Regional BWM strategy is an important output expected from the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project.

The Regional Strategy and its Action Plan constitute the framework that Southeast Pacific countries and Argentina have developed as a first step towards implementing an effective regional system for ships? ballast water management. The Strategy takes into account the particular circumstances of each country, establishes priority actions, timeframes, responsibilities and proposes measures to evaluate effectiveness of the Strategy. The Action Plan includes national and regional activities between 2009 and 2012 in the following areas: 1) Assessing the impacts of invasive species transferred through ships? ballast water and sediments, 2) a uniform regional monitoring system, 3) evaluation of the existing regulations and practices within the countries, 4) strengthening regional mechanisms for information exchange, 5) evaluation and review mechanisms, and 6) strengthening scientific and technological research.

The Permanent Commission for the Southeast Pacific (CPPS) is the Regional Coordinating Organization (RCO) for the GloBallast Partnerships Project, leading this process in this region. Additional information on CPPS and its activities related to implementation the GloBallast Partnerships project (in Spanish) can be found at www.cpps-int.org/plandeaccion.

04/02/2010 IMO-WMU Ballast Water Week
  http://globallast.imo.org
  A packed week of ballast water activities concluded on Friday 29 January with closing remarks by Mr. Miguel Palomares, Director, Marine Environment Division, IMO.

The ballast water week started with a first ever global forum for facilities involved in the testing of ballast water treatment systems (24-25 January). The forum, where most of the world?s active and planned test facilities took place, discussed possibilities to harmonize the testing and reporting procedures.

The Test Facility Forum was followed by a Pre-conference expert workshop on proving equivalency between IMO Guidelines G8/G9 approved treatment systems and alternative management options. The workshop, with some 70 participants, was moderated by Mr. Brian Elliott, EMSA, with presentations from Mr. Dandu Pughiuc (IMO), Mr. Jan Linders (GESAMP BWWG Chairman), Dr. Rob Hilliard (consultant to the GIA and GloBallast), Professor Peilin Zhu (consultant to the GIA and GloBallast). A very interesting and stimulating discussion followed.


(Image courtesy of WMU)

The Global R&D Forum on Emerging BWM Systems was held from 27 to 29 January, and was intended to provide a possibility to showcase the new and emerging systems, which could complement the systems reviewed, tested and approved under the G8/G9 Guidelines of the BWM Convention. The Forum brought together the international community engaged in developing innovative ballast water management systems, including alternative management systems, providing an open debate and review of the existing and emerging systems and the way forward to push the technology envelope to meet the challenges of ballast water management. In addition, it allowed for a stock-taking on what we have learned so far, and a discussion on the possibilities and challenges ahead.

Approximately 240 participants attended the Forum. GloBallast PCU would like to thank the co-organizers and sponsors, namely the World Maritime University (WMU) the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), APL, BP Shipping, Daewoo Shipbuilding &Marine Engineering, Vela Marine International, Malm?ty, the Interreg Ballast Water Opportunity project, Wilhelmsen Ships Equipment AS and Respartner AB.

The next major BWM event will be the 5th International Conference & Exhibition on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM 2010), in Singapore, 1-4 November 2010. See www.ballast2010.com for details!

03/02/2010 Award for GloBallast Partner
  http://www.rempec.org/news.asp?theIDS=2_39&daChk=0&theName=News
  It is a great pleasure to inform our readers that Ms. Lilia Khodjet El Khil, key partner in the GloBallast Partnerships Project, and REMPEC officer in charge of marine environment protection related projects has been nominated "Chevalier de lOrdre du M?te Maritime" in January 2010 by the Government of France.

Since joining REMPEC Ms. Lilia Khodjet El Khil, a Tunisian national with a Ph. D. in law, has been very active in all the activities of the Centre, and particularly in assisting the Contracting Parties in various projects aiming at implementing the requirements of the MARPOL convention as well as, more recently, facilitating the ratification in the region of the 2004 IMO convention on the management of ships ballast waters through the GEF-UNDP-IMO "Globallast Partnerships project". She also assisted in drafting the guidelines concerning "pleasure craft activities and the protection of the marine environment in the Mediterranean".

The GloBallast PCU congratulates Ms. Lilia Khodjet El Khil on this prestigious award and wish her every success in all her future endeavours.

19/01/2010 New Monograph NBWM Strategy
  http://globallast.imo.org/index.asp?page=monograph.htm&menu=true
  Guidelines for Developing a National BWM Strategy published

GloBallast Partnerships is pleased to announce the publication of GloBallast Monograph No 18, Guidelines for Development of a National Ballast Water Management Strategy, which has been developed jointly with the International Uniion for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) .

The report follows as well as the recently published Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessment (Monograph No 17), which was developed jointly with the International Ocean Institute (IOI).

Both reports can be downloaded from the Publications section. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting the PCU.


23/12/2009 R and D Forum
  http://www.wmu.se
  The GIA-GloBallast-WMU Global R&D Forum on Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems is now less than a month away! The exciting draft programme can be downloaded here. More details about this event can be found in the information leaflet and at the WMU website.

Dont miss the BWM event of the year - register now!

21/12/2009 Panama moves further ahead
  http://globallast.imo.org
  Panama moves further ahead

Panama held its second National Seminar and Consultation Meeting on IMO Ballast Water Management Convention in Panama City, Panama, on 11th December 2009. This meeting was another important milestone in Panamas efforts in moving towards the ratification and implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. The national meeting followed the two important wider-Caribbean regional ballast water management activities coordinated by RAC/REMPEITC and hosted by Panama, namely the first GloBallast Regional Task Force meeting and the regional training on legal implementation of the BWM Convention.

Over 30 participants from various government organizations, academia and the private sector participated in the national meeting. The main objectives of this seminar were to raise awareness on invasive aquatic species and ballast water management, and also to facilitate discussions amongst all stakeholders on the way forward. As a result, all participants agreed on the needs and formalization of a National Task Force for BWM and to develop a National Action Plan to progress towards the implementation of the Convention.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Alfonso Castillero, Director, Directorate of Merchant Marine, Panama Maritime Authority. The participants were welcomed by Mr. Juan Pablo Fabrega, Deputy Director, Directorate of Merchant Marine, Panama Maritime Authority as well as Dr. Jose Matheickal of IMO-GloBallast Partnerships. RAC/REMPEITC and the GloBallast Partnerships PCU facilitated the technical presentations on the Convention. A series of presentations were made by the various government organizations who are directly connected to the ballast water management aspects, as well as by universities and research institutes involved in dealing with invasive aquatic species. The seminar and discussions covered various aspects of the issue, including the current status of marine invasions in the region, implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention, BWM standards, current and emerging treatment technologies for BWM, inspection procedures and issuance of certificates, ship documents and reporting aspects. The GloBallast Partnerships Focal Point for Panama Mr. Abraham Martinez, Technical Officer, Compliance and Enforcement Department, chaired the national meeting as well as the group discussions that developed a consensus on the way forward.

Panama has already implemented a national regulation that prohibits ballast water discharge in the Panama canal.

A major outcome of the meeting was the consensus by all participants on the draft of an ambitious national action plan, clearly indicating the interest by Panama in addressing this important environmental issue and in supporting the shipping industry interests through preparatory activities. With the latest accessions by countries such as Sweden, Marshall Islands and the Republic of Korea during this past month, the Convention has reached one step closer to its entry into force. The entry into force of the Convention would need only another 9 countries representing 12% of the world?s merchant tonnage to accede to the Convention. Since it is widely expected that a number of countries will accede to the Convention in 2010, making the entry into force of the Convention imminent, many countries have already started preparing for the implementation of the Convention and building necessary capacity.

Congratulations Panama on this important step!


21/12/2009 Regional activities Wider Caribbean
  http://www.cep.unep.org/racrempeitc
  The Wider Caribbean Region has made significant progress with its work on the implementation of the BWM Convention as a week of activities, hosted by Panama and coordinated by the RAC/REMPEITC, was concluded recently.

From 7-8 December, the first GloBallast Regional Task Force (RTF) meeting for the Wider Caribbean Region was held. The meeting established the Regional Task Force and initiated the drafting of a Strategic Action Plan for the region. Taking inspiration from the parallel processes in the other GloBallast regions the draft SAP identifies the elements of particular concern to the region and outlines a work plan for the next few years.

From 9-10 December a regional training course on the legal implementation of the BWM Convention was held, with maritime lawyers as well as other experts from the entire region. The training was only the second delivery of the recently developed GloBallast Training Course on the Legal Implementation of the BWM Convention. The participants had an opportunity to study the BWM Convention in detail, as well as a Model BWM Act. The training also provided an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences from the implementation process throughout the region.

The GloBallast PCU congratulates the region for making significant progress during the week in Panama!


16/12/2009 Jamaica takes the lead
  http://www.jamaicaships.com
  Moving from BWM Convention to its Legal Implementation: Jamaica holds the first national legal workshop

Jamaica, one of the GloBallast Lead Partnering Countries, held the first national level legal workshop on ballast water management, clearly demonstrating the intention to move towards ratification and implementation of the BWM Convention. The one-day National legal workshop was coordinated by the Jamaica Maritime Authority and was attended by senior lawyers from various Ministries and Departments.

The workshop was opened by Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Jamaica Maritime Authority, who reiterated Jamaicas commitment to address this serious marine environmental issue. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Winston McCalla, a well-known maritime lawyer from the region who was also involved in developing the GloBallast Legal training package. Mr Bertrand Smith, GloBallast National Project Coordinator, chaired the workshop and the plenary discussions. The national legal workshop, targeting the key lawmakers to discuss the drafting of national BWM legislation was the first of its kind among the GloBallast Countries.

Congratulations Jamaica in taking this lead!

16/12/2009 Republic of Korea ratifies
  http://www.imo.org
  The Republic of Korea ratifies the BWM Convention

The Republic of Korea has acceded to the BMW Convention by depositing its instruments of ratification with IMO on 10 December 2009.

The accession by the Republic of Korea brings the total number of parties to the Convention to 21 and the tonnage to around 23%. To bring the Convention into force, 30 signatures are needed, representing at least 35% of the worlds tonnage. With the accession by the Republic of Korea, the BWM Convention has moved one step closer to its entry into force. It is widely expected that a number of other countries are very close to their accession to the Convention in 2010.

GloBallast Partnerships congratulates the Republic of Korea to this important step.

04/12/2009 REGISTER FOR RD FORUM
  http://www.wmu.se
  REGISTER FOR R&D FORUM

The GIA-GloBallast-WMU Global R&D Forum on Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems is now less than two months away! The exciting draft programme can be downloaded here. More details about this event can be found in the information leaflet and at the WMU website.

Dont miss the BWM event of the year - register now!

02/12/2009 Marshall Islands ratifies
  http://www.imo.org
  Marshall Islands ratifies the BWM Convention

Marshall Islands, the worlds 4th largest flag state (5.13% of the worlds tonnage as of 2008), has acceded to the BMW Convention by depositing its instruments of ratification on with IMO 26 November 2009.

The accession by Marshall Islands brings the total number of parties to the Convention to 20 and the tonnage to 20.93%. To bring the Convention into force, 30 signatures are needed, representing at least 35% of the worlds tonnage.

GloBallast Partnerships congratulates the Marshall Island to this important step.

27/11/2009 Sweden ratifies BWM Convention
  http://globallast.imo.org
  Sweden ratifies the BWM Convention

Sweden has become the 19th country to ratify the BWM Convention, after signing the instruments for ratification at IMO Headquarters on 23 November 2009. The Swedish Minister for Communications, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, Ms. Asa Torstensson. On the Ministrys website, Ms. Torstensson says:

"It is extremely important that we protect our marine environment and prevent further establishment of species in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. In bilateral discussions with my colleagues around the world, I will therefore encourage more states to ratify the Convention."

Further information can be found here (in Swedish).

The ratification by Sweden takes the total number of parties to 19, bringing the Convention one step closer to entry into force.

Sweden has played an active role in the BWM discussions at IMO for many years, and has been a strong supporter of the GloBallast project, not least by funding the highly successful documentary "Invaders from the Sea".

Sweden is also hosting the upcoming Global R&D Forum on Emerging Ballast Water Management Systems, jointly organized by IMO-GloBallast, the Global Industry Alliance and the World Maritime University, 27-29 January 2010.

Sweden is very active in the development of ballast water treatment systems. The first system to receive Final Approval by the MEPC (13 July 2007) was the PureBallast System, developed by Alfa Laval and Wallenius Water AB.

The GloBallast PCU congratulates Sweden!


27/11/2009 GloBallast attends EAS Congress
  http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/sea/easc2009/
  Globallast PCU was in attendance at the East Asian Seas Congress 2009, held in Manila, Philippines from 23-27 November 2009.

This five-day event was expected to provide a region-wide platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange, capacity building, strategic action and cooperation for the sustainable development of the seas of East Asia. The theme of the Congress was "Partnerships at Work: Local Implementation and Good Practices."

The event progressed well, with extensive presentations given by the GloBallast team. More details about the content of their presentations, along with detailed daily highlights and even a picture of the GloBallast PCUs very own Fredrik Haag, can be found here.


23/11/2009 Biosecurity NZ - BWM article
  http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/biosec
  An article produced by the GloBallast Partnerships PCU has appears in the new NZ Biosecurity Magazine.

This article describes the background to GloBallast Partnerships, and details some of the progress made so far.

You can find more information about NZ Biosecurity on their web site and a pdf version of the magazine itself can be found here.

23/11/2009 New GloBallast Monograph
  http://globallast.imo.org/index.asp?page=monograph.htm&menu=true
  The GloBallast PCU is proud to present the first in a series of guidelines and tools to assist countries and regions in their efforts on ballast water management.

The new document, titled "Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessment", which has been prepared together with IOI Southern Africa provides a structured approach to rapid status assessments at the national level, in order to assist in the development of a national ballast water management strategy.

The report also marks the return of the GloBallast Monograph Series, with a new look. All reports in this series can be downloaded from the GBP website and hard copies may be obtained from the PCU.

The other guidelines currently under preparation are:

- Guidelines for development of a National Ballast Water Management Strategy (prepared together with IUCN)
- Guidelines for economic assessments of marine IAS (prepared together with IUCN)
- Guidelines for legal reform in the context of the BWM Convention (prepared by a global team of legal experts). This guideline is also accompanied by a model legislation and a training package for maritime lawyers.

17/11/2009 GEF IW5
  http://www.iwlearn.net/iwc2009
  5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference, Cairns, North Queensland, 26 - 29 October 2009 10/11/2009



GloBallast PCU attended the 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference, hosted by the Government of Australia in Cairns, North Queensland, from 26 to 29 October 2009. REMPEC was invited, along with the RAC-REMPEITC for the Caribbean region, to be part of the IMO-GloBallast delegation composed of the GloBallast Partnerships Technical Advisers.

The purpose of the Conference was to share experiences and innovative practices among GEFs global International Waters portfolio, promote learning and capacity building, develop strategies to enhance stakeholder collaboration, and encourage GEF International Waters projects to apply evolving GEF policies and procedures during implementation. The Conference was an opportunity for GloBallast and its Regional Coordinating Organization partners to present the results achieved so far and expected outcome in the Mediterranean region with respect to ships? ballast water management and invasive species.

More information on the 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference can be found on the IW Learning Exchange and Resource Network

15/10/2009 R and D Forum
  http://globallast.imo.org
  GloBallast Partnerships has released the second call for papers for the Global R+D Forum on Emerging ballast Water Management Systems.

This prestigious event will be held at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden on 27-29 January 2010.

This innovative Forum will bring together some of the world?s largest maritime organizations involved in shipping, ship building and design, maritime R&D institutes, technology developers, environmental organizations and academia to discuss the cutting edge issues in ballast water management.

This event is the result of collaboration between GloBallast Partnerships, the World Maritime University, and the Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosecurity, and will be preceded by an Expert Workshop on proving equivalency between existing approved management systems, and emerging alternative management systems.

The second call for papers, containing updated information, can be found here:

R+D Forum 2nd Call For Papers

We look forward to seeing you in Malmo!

Best regards,
GloBallast Partnerships PCU

30/09/2009 CPPS Regional Task Force
  http://www.cpps-int.org/
  The Second Meeting of Regional Task Force for the Southeast Pacific and Argentina took place between 22 and 24 September 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Meeting was attended by 11 delegates nominated by the National Focal Points of the Globallast Project from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and representatives of the Regional Coordination Office (the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific - CPPS). The Meeting was also attended by Mr. Gaetan Coatanroch from RAC/REMPEITC.

During the meeting, delegates to the RTF drafted the Regional Strategy for Ballast Water Management and its Action Plan for this region, as well as the calendar of activities 2009-2012. The RTG also created two working groups that will work during the intersessional period: the Regional Legal Working Group, integrated by Nesme Rocio Laverde, Bulmaro Rodriguez, Ramon Diez, Javier Espinosa and Javier Velasquez; and the Technical Microbiological Group, to define the procedures for monitoring ballast water in ships and ports, integrated by Silvia Rondon, Hector Huerta and Rita Orozco.

The RTG urged to Maritime Authorities and Focal Points of the Southeast Pacific Action Plan to support the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, giving priority to technical and training activities at national level, particularly on legal aspects. Likewise, the RTG urged countries the creation of the National Task Forces, in those countries that have not been created, as well as the development of national strategies on ballast water management.

The report (in Spanish) is available from the CPPS web page.


21/07/2009 GloBallast Presentations at MEPC59
  http://globallast.imo.org
  During the recent MEPC 59 meeting at IMO in London, there was the opportunity to update delegates on progress being made in the GloBallast Partnerships Project.

Presentations were given not only by the GloBallast PCU, but also by two GloBallast Lead Partnering Countries; Chile and Argentina. These presentations allowed these two LPCs to showcase their efforts, and the progress they have made in addressing the ballast water problem.

There were numerous delegates in attendance, with plenty of positive and constructive feedback generated. It was strongly put across to the GloBallast PCU from other delegates how interesting it was to see such progress made in these countries, and how much it will spur on their own efforts to match that progress.

To help facilitate networking and to bring the whole GloBallast family together, a small reception was held afterwards. This allowed for people to meet in person, share contact details and discuss their intentions with regard to the project. It was a great success, to have so many of our global partners together in the same room.

By popular demand, the powerpoint presentations given by Chile, Argentina and the GloBallast PCU are available in a 25Mb zip file by clicking here

Many thanks to all who attended!

21/07/2009 GCLME RTF established
  http://igcc.gclme.org/
  Representatives of the countries of the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) recently met in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire for a Second Regional Workshop and Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management, 9-10 July 2009. The meeting, which was organized through the support of the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) was hosted by the Center for Oceanographic Research, Abidjan, and coordinated by the IGCC/GCLME-RCU.

The three-day meeting, which built on the first meeting held in 2006, was a great success. Under the able chairmanship of Captain Kofi Micah, Ghana, the Regional Task Force was formally established a Regional Strategy finalized and adopted.

The GloBallast PCU congratulates the region for taking this important step towards a harmonized regional implementation of the Convention!


21/07/2009 GCLME PBBS Training
  http://igcc.gclme.org/
  The Center for Oceanographic Research, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire, hosted a training on Port Biological Baseline Surveys for the countries in the GCLME region, 6-8 July 2009. The training was organized by GloBallast, with the funding support of IMO-ITCP Programme and regional coordination support of the IGCC/GCLME-RCU.

The training was a great success and GloBallast PCU thanks everyone who made the journey for this important training.

15/07/2009 UNDP talk on BWM
  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106599241
  A recording of a talk given by Principal Technical Adviser for UNDP, Mr Andy Hudson, has been made available along with a news story on ballast water treatment.

Mr. Hudson is a key figure for the GloBallast Partnerships Project, and in this interesting talk he sheds light on the importance of Ballast Water Management. The full story can be read here , and the full recording is available in mp3 format by clicking here.

10/07/2009 PERSGA meetings
  http://www.persga.org/
  Recent meetings in Egypt and Jordan, facilitated by PERSGA, were a great success, with excellent outcomes generated.

A GloBallast National Task Force meeting in Suez was followed by both a National Task Force meeting for Jordan, and a Regional Task Force meeting.

These meetings, along with other recent and forthcoming meetings and training activities, show that significant momentum is being created in the region in addressing the ballast water issue. Thanks to all those involved!


16/06/2009 Lithuania Training Success
  http://www.msa.lt
  The GloBallast Introductory Training Package has been successfully delivered to the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, with funding support from the IMO ITCP programme. This training was hosted by the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration ( http://www.msa.lt ) and was held in Klaipeda, Lithuania, from 9 to 12 June 2009. 26 participants attended from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Russia, Germany, Sweden and HELCOM ( http://www.helcom.fi ).

During the opening ceremony, which was covered by media, the participants were addressed by the Director of the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, Captain Zacharevičius, who stressed the importance of the issue for the region, being a semi-enclosed sea with high shipping intensity.

In addition to the capacity building and awairness raising aspects, the activity provided an excellent opportunity for the participants to exchange experiences and further supporting the regional harmonization by building relationships with their counterparts in the other countries.

GloBallast PCU congratulates everyone who particpated in the training.


15/06/2009 R and D Forum
  http://globallast.imo.org/GBP_R+D_call_for_papers_web.pdf
  GloBallast Partnerships is proud to announce the forthcoming event:
Global R+D Forum on Emerging ballast Water Management Systems

This prestigious event will be held at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden on 27-29 January 2010.

This innovative Forum will bring together some of the world?s largest maritime organizations involved in shipping, ship building and design, maritime R&D institutes, technology developers, environmental organizations and academia to discuss the cutting edge issues in ballast water management.

This event is the result of collaboration between GloBallast Partnerships, the World Maritime University, and the Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosecurity, and will be preceded by an Expert Workshop on proving equivalency between existing approved management systems, and emerging alternative management systems.

A first call for papers, containing more information, can be found here:

R+D Forum Call For Papers

We look forward to seeing you in Malmo!

Best regards,
GloBallast Partnerships PCU

11/05/2009 Agua De Lastro Brasil
  http://www.aguadelastrobrasil.org.br
  Agua de Lastro Brasil is a new Non Governmental Organization (NGO), nonprofit, private law, in Sao Paulo (SP), Brazil.

Its main objective is to propose ways of working through research and procedures that inhibit the contamination of the Brazilian coast by non-native species. The organization is part of a worldwide movement involved in the search for marine quality and coastal environment and as a consequence, human life that depends on natural resources.

More information can be found here, and on the main website (currently Portuguese only), here

We are very pleased to welcome this new NGO to the GloBallast family!

07/05/2009 ACIUS BWM Conference
  http://www.acius.net/wiki.aspx/Conferences/Upcoming?view=overview&id=119
  ACI is hosting a ballast water management conference in Amsterdam, on the 19-21 May 2009.

ACI?s inaugural Ballast Water Management will focus on the fundamental issues relating to the management of ballast water i.e. costs and returns on investments, space for retrofit of systems, stability of ships during exchange and ensuring that crew are adequately trained to handle the systems. Shipowners and managers now need to establish a ballast water management plan resulting in ballast water system being fitted in each vessel in the future. You will also understand the need for alternatives to ballast exchange and the benefits and challenges of using these alternative technologies. This event gives shipping companies the opportunity to hear practical and cost-effective ballast water management plan from their industry peers.

For more information, please visit the ACIUS conference web page.

17/04/2009 ERDF Ballast Water Opportunity
  http://www.northseaballast.eu
  Fredrik Haag, GloBallast Partnerships Technical Adviser, gave a presentation on the GloBallast Partnerships project to the kick-off meeting for a new project under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), " North Sea Ballast Water Opportunity".

The project, which is coordinated by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the Netherlands, aims at providing regional cohesion, encouraging innovation and developing future strategies in ballast water policies and ballast water management. More information can be found at http://www.northseaballast.eu

17/04/2009 GCLME Regional Training
  http://igcc.gclme.org/index.php
  The GloBallast Training package has again been successfully delivered at the regional level.



This time it was the turn of the Interim Guinea Current Commission and Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem project to host the training for the West and Central African region. The training was held in Accra, Ghana, from 31 March to 3 April 2009, in English with simultaneous interpretation to French. During the opening ceremony, the 30 participants were addressed by the Honorable Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ms. Sherry Ayitey.

Television newspaper coverage was also given, further helping to raise awareness about the issue. This very well-organized event was attended by representatives from 15 countires, illustrating the high importance attached to ballast water related issues in the region.

Globallast PCU thanks and congratulates the IGCC/GCLME-RCU!

07/04/2009 South Pacific Training Activities
  http://www.sprep.org
  GloBallast, with the funding support of IMO-ITCP Programme and regional coordination support of SPREP, organized two back-to-back GloBallast training activities in the SPREP region, the GloBallast Introductory Training Course and the Port Biological Baseline Survey Training Course.

These regional activities, held in Suva, Fiji from 9 to 17 March 2009, were hosted by Government Fiji and carried out to the highest standard by SPREP, helped by a number of expert instructors from the region as well as from NIWA, New Zealand.

These activities, planned within the GloBallast Project Framework, formed the foundation for further national level training activities in the South Pacific Region and significantly assisted in building the momentum towards ratification of the International Convention for Ballast Water Management, by the South Pacific countries.

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

07/04/2009 First Spanish GloBallast Training
  http://www.rocram.net/prontus_rocram/site/artic/20090114/pags/20090114113251.php
 
The middle of March saw the hosting of another very successful GloBallast Regional Training. This training was held for the maritime administrations of the South American countries, and was hosted in Vina del Mar, Chile. The training was supported by IMOs Technical Cooperation programme and coordinated by ROCRAM, and it was the first time the newly translated Spanish version of the GloBallast Training Package was delivered.


Globallast PCU was in attendance, with Technical Adviser Fredrik Haag giving an opening address as well as aiding in the training itself. The GloBallast Regional Coordinating Organization, CPPS, also participated through Dr. Fernando Felix as one of the instructors.

More information can be found here .

06/03/2009 GIA Launch Ceremony
  http://globallast.imo.org/index.asp?page=GIA-Launch.html&menu=true
  The GloBallast Global Industry Alliance was launched on the 2nd of March 2009.

The event was held at IMO Headquarters in London and was a great success, with over 200 high-profile attendees from many different areas of the maritime community.

Speeches by the IMO Secretary-General, high-level UNDP representatives, and partners from the shipping industry were followed by a reception that not only celebrated the formation of this innovative public-private partnership, but also greatly raised awareness on the efforts of the industry to fight the ballast water problem.



The GloBallast Partnerships PCU thanks everybody who attended, and looks forward to a successful partnership with the industry.

For more information regarding this high profile event, please click here, and for more information on the Global Industry Alliance, please see the main GIA web page.

02/03/2009 Brazilian Bioinvasion Congress
  http://www.ejmutual.com.br/congresso
  The First Brazilian Congress about Bioinvasion will be held from the 6th to the 9th of April 2009.

For more information, please visit their website:

www.ejmutual.com.br/congresso

10/02/2009 Panama makes move
  http://globallast.imo.org/
  Panama held its First National Seminar and Consultation Meeting on IMO Ballast Water Management Convention in Panama City, Panama, on 5th February 2009. This successful meeting was an important milestone in Panamas efforts in moving towards the establishment of a National Task Force on Ballast Water Management.

Over 50 participants from various government organizations, academia and private sector participated in the meeting. The all-inclusive strategy adopted by the Panama Maritime Authority to organize this meeting resulted in a significant rising of awareness of the issue among the key stakeholders, as well as facilitating the consensus-building amongst the participants on establishing a National Task Force for BWM.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Alfonso Castillero, Director, Merchant Marine of Panama Maritime Authority. The Chief Technical Adviser of IMO-GloBallast Partnerships Project, Dr Jose Matheickal, facilitated the Seminar. The seminar covered various aspects of the issue, including implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention, BWM standards, current and emerging treatment technologies for BWM, inspection procedures and issuance of certificates, ship documents and reporting aspects. Ms. Flor Torrijos of Intermaritime Group facilitated the discussions on National Task Force formation.

Panama has already implemented a national regulation that prohibits ballast water discharge in the Panama canal.

A major outcome of the seminar was the consensus by all participants on the need for establishing a National Task Force (NTF), and the identification of initial members of such a Task Force. A draft list of NTF members were therefore identified.

The seminar was supported and co-sponsored by various organizations ? Panama Canal Authority, Panama Maritime Chamber, Panama Law Association, and Intermaritime Group.

Congratulations Panama on this important step!

05/02/2009 GloBallast back online
  http://globallast.imo.org/
  Greetings from the GloBallast PCU!

As you may be aware, in the latter part of last year the GloBallast web site was attacked by some "alien inavaders". Not a ballast water bug, but an internet scripting attack from unknown external sources. This infected our website and databases with malicious content, and made the website non-functional.

As soon as this attack happened, the site was taken offline to prevent any further damage. Since then we have been working hard not only to remove the infection, but to prevent it from happening again in the future. The site is now back online with all the security features in place and will be developing and expanding further from now on.

Please check back regularly for updates, news and other awareness materials. Now that we have defeated our own "invasive aliens", we can focus our undivided attention on the aliens in ballast water?

With best regards,

GloBallast PCU.

05/02/2009 GloBallast 2008 summary
  http://globallast.imo.org/
  Due to the site downtime, it has been several months since there was an update on the progress of the GloBallast Partnerships project. However, things have been moving ahead with great speed, on the national, regional and global levels. 2008 was a year that saw huge efforts in ?getting the ball rolling?. Here is a summary of what has taken place since the last update;

- Mr. Fredrik Haag appointed as Technical Adviser, GloBallast Partnerships Project (email: fhaag@imo.org )

- All Lead Partnering Countries have nominated National Focal Points and Project Coordinators. A list of these contacts are given here

- Regional level meetings have been held, and Regional Task Forces formed, in two GloBallast regions (Mediterranean, South East Pacific + Argentina), coordinated by the Regional Coordinating Partners, namely REMPEC and CPPS Secretariat.

- Regional Introductory Ballast Water Management (BWM) training activities were carried out in three GloBallast regions (Wider Caribbean, Mediterranean and Red Sea & Gulf of Aden), coordinated by REMPEITC, REMPEC and PERSGA.

- Regional Port Biological Baseline Survey training was carried out in Mediterranean region, coordinated by REMPEC with the support of SAFEMED Project.

- National Seminars and Task Force meetings have now been held in nine Lead Partnering Countries (Argentina, Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and Yemen).

- The Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosecurity was established, with the finalization of an MoU by four key industry partners and IMO. The first GIA Task Force meeting has since been held in January 2009. The founding partners of the GIA are: APL (Singapore), BP Shipping (UK), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (Korea) and Vela Marine International (Saudi Arabia).

- Translation of the GloBallast Training Package into French and Spanish was completed by GloBallast Lead Partnering Countries.

- Organized the 4th International Conference on Ballast Water Management in Singapore, jointly with Government of Singapore and iESE ( www.ballast2008.com )

- National level BWM training conducted in Colombia, using GloBallast Training Package.

- GloBallast was featured in several international forums as part of outreach activities.

- Ongoing awareness raising using the IMO-BBC Documentary "Invaders from the Sea"

As is clearly evident, the project is moving very well, with significant momentum generated at a number of levels. 2009 is expected to be even busier, and even more productive!

18/06/2008 Croatia Moves Ahead
  http://www.rempec.org/newsmore.asp?id=242&lang=en
  The First National Task Force Meeting was held in Zagreb, Croatia, from the 29th to the 30th of May 2008. This successful meeting was an important milestone for the GloBallast Partnerships Project in Croatia. Over 50 participants from various government organizations, academia and private sector participated in the meeting. The all-inclusive strategy adopted by the Lead Agency to organize this meeting resulted in a significant raising of awareness of the issue and the Project activities, as well as facilitating the consensus-building amongst the participants on future action plans.

The Chief Technical Adviser of the GloBallast Partnerships Project gave a presentation on the Global project framework, explaining what was expected from the LPC and identifying the expected outcomes from the project. Presentations were also made by various experts and government organizations on various aspects of the issue, such as invasive species issue in the Adriatic sea, overview of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, ballast water treatment technologies, inspection procedures and issuance of certificates, ship documents and reporting aspects, sampling & analyzing and baseline studies and monitoring of harbour areas.

Croatia has already developed and started implementing the national regulations on ballast water, although Croatia is not a party to the BWM convention.

A major outcome of the meeting was the formalization of various working groups within the national Task Force and identification/nomination of chairs of various working groups. A number of priority areas were identified, and the formation of various working groups to address these major issues, in addition to the development of a national ballast water management strategy, clearly demonstrate the success of this meeting and the progress achieved by the Lead partnering Country.

Congratulations Croatia!

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