Liberia has described last week’s proposed amendments to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) as “good for shipping and [the] environment.”
That was the headline it gave today (10 July) to its assessment of the decision by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) to support an amendment that “broadly incorporates the terms of an amendment initially proposed by Liberia,” its statement said.
The flag state had been one of the main architects of the proposal to delay compliance deadlines in IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) by two years in many cases. However, the new Regulation B-3 also “reflects the desire by IMO member states to limit any further decoupling of the Marpol Annex I IOPP Certificate from other convention certificates before the 8 September 2019 cut-off date,” its statement said.
It quoted Alfonso Castillero, chief commercial officer of the Liberian International Ship &Corporate Registry (LISCR), which manages the register, who insisted that Liberia “is entirely committed to [the convention’s] effective and smooth implementation.” But he said that the existence of “important practical and technical considerations compelled it to seek the support of other stakeholders in securing an equitable implementation date for the BWMC.