From The Maritime Executive. Published on February 16, 2016.

Today, Mouawad Consulting can announce that Belgium will ratify the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention during the first week of March.

Belgium had a percentage gross tonnage of 0.43 percent as of December 31, 2014. Our sources tell us that this figure has increased due to new VLCCs entering into Belgium flag recently. The exact figures from IMO are not available yet, but the estimates for Belgium are in the range of 0.6 percent.

This means that the Convention will have 48 countries and 34.95 percent GT of the required 35 percent GT by March 2016.