From The Maritime Executive. Published on January 15, 2016.

Despite the addition of Morocco, Indonesia and Ghana to the list of signatory states in November, the IMO has announced that the ratifying nations’ vessel tonnage remains just under the amount to trigger the Ballast Water Management Convention’s enactment.

Nearly fifty nations have signed the convention, but their combined tonnage stands at 34.56 percent of the global total – just under the 35 percent needed.

The IMO had announced in November that Indonesia’s signature would be enough to push the total over the 35 percent mark, subject to verification of tonnage. But a detailed tally came up slightly short.