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BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT BILL PASSED IN LOWER HOUSE



MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND WORKS | 2018-07-18 14:37:00

The Ballast Water Management Bill, 2017 was passed in the Lower House of Representatives on July 10, 2018.

Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague passed with an amendment yesterday. This Bill was first tabled in November 2017 in support of the Ballast Water Management Convention.
The Bill outlines several categories including: Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments; Surveyors, Surveys and Survey Certificates; Inspection of Foreign Ships; Offences; and Regulations.
Ballast water is used to control the stability of a ship to ensure its safe operation when it is empty or partially loaded.
Jamaica deposited its instrument of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention on September 11, 2017, through a joint effort between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Transport & Mining.
The convention seeks to prevent and reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic species and pathogens carried in ballast water.
Jamaica's accession to the convention demonstrates the country's commitment to the support of the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the protection of the marine environment. Jamaica has since been elected to the Council of the IMO, Category 'C', for the period 2018-2019.
The Transport Minister maintains that the development of the incorporating legislation remains a priority to the Ministry for this year.
The Ballast Water Management Bill, 2017 will now move to the Upper House.




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