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Guidelines for Ballast Water Management in Wider Caribbean Region Areas

A communication has been sent to the IMO from the Regional Activity Centre/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre – Wider Caribbean Region  which include: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The communication contained guidelines as part of a regional strategy on ships’ ballast water management and invasive species, developed within the Wider Caribbean Region Strategic Action Plan (SAP). These Guidelines do not replace the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention, but provide an interim Ballast Water Regional Management Plan for Wider Caribbean Region areas until all RTF-WCR member states have ratified, and all applicable ships implemented, the BWM Convention. Click here.