Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), entered into force globally on 8 September 2017.

IMO responds below to frequently asked questions about the BWM Convention and its provisions, and what the entry into force means for international shipping.

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Click here to download the FAQ text.

Click here or on the image to read the infographic “Complying with the Ballast Water Management Convention”.