Ballast water management experts gather for R&D forum


 
Experts at the forefront of research and development in relation to preventing of the spread of potentially harmful species in ballast water gathered in Montreal, Canada for a key international forum under the banner "Ballast Water Management Convention - moving towards implementation."

The IMO in a statement, said some 140 participants attended the 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management from  March 16-18 March.

In a related development, the Global Ballast Water Test Organizations Network (GloBal TestNet) also met in Montreal, Canada, ahead of the 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management in Montreal.

During its two-day meeting, GloBal TestNet launched its website http://www.globaltestnet.org/Home and elected a new steering committee.


The IMO said the formation of GloBal TestNet was supported by the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme.