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Imo And Codification Of The International Law On Ballast Water Management

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations specialized agency competent to regulate matters relating to the safety of navigation including maritime security the prevention of marine pollution from ships and the legal matters relating thereto. These aims are well encapsulated in its motto safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans. The IMO work is carried out in close cooperation and co-ordination with the activity of the United Nations and of the other UN specialized agencies which may share some of the IMOs objectives. Resolutions of international organizations provide the legal background to create or crystallize customary law, advancing the codification of international law. Ballast water management (BWM) systems used to comply with the BWM Convention must be approved by the administration, taking into account the IMO guidelines (Regulation D-3).

Keywords: Ballast water management (BWM) Convention; International Law; International Maritime Organization (IMO); marine pollution



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