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Ballast Water and Alien Species:

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This chapter focuses on ballast water - in itself important for the stability and safety of the ship and thus a key component of (global) maritime traffic. Over the past twenty years, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has focused on developing international standards to reduce and ultimately eliminate the growing ecological problems related to the transfer of organisms in ballast water, while at the same time ensuring the unimpeded flow of maritime traffic. The chapter discusses some key features of the Ballast Water Convention. Thereafter, an overview of ballast-water management standards under the Convention is provided. Only some basic elements, particularly those relevant for the enclosed or semi-enclosed sea areas, are analysed. Finally, in view of the particular situation of some enclosed or semi-enclosed seas, aspects of measures adjusted to respond to their special needs are examined.

Keywords:Alien Species; ballast water; International Maritime Organization (IMO); maritime traffic



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