From The Maritime Executive. Published May 23, 2016.

Like the story about the boy who cried wolf, the shipping industry has been told several times that the entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention is ‘imminent,’ says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in its newly published 2016 Annual Review.

This included a false alarm during the IMO Assembly, in November 2015, when it was prematurely announced that the required 35 percent of world tonnage threshold had been reached following ratification by Indonesia. But with the ratification of Belgium in March 2016 (bringing the total tonnage covered, at 34.82 percent, to within a slither of the threshold) it is currently assumed that the Convention will almost certainly cross the line during 2016 and enter into force during 2017.