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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Circulars - Ballast Water Management - BWM.2/Circular.35 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (15 August 2011)Communication received from the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) - Circular


  1 A communication has been received from the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) on behalf of the following Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention): Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

  2 The communication contains the Harmonized Voluntary Arrangements for Ballast Water Management in the Mediterranean Region (in English and French) adopted by the abovementioned Contracting Parties, which provide guidance for voluntary ballast water exchange and management options to vessels transiting the Mediterranean Sea area. The arrangements are of voluntary interim nature and will be applicable from 1 January 2012 until the time that the Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force.

  3 At the request of the Administrations of the above mentioned Contracting Parties, the communication annexed hereto is circulated to Member States for their information and future action as appropriate.

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