Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments : Bill On Highest Maritime Safety Defended

It was presented and defended on March 30, 2020 by the Minister of Transport before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.

Within the framework of ensuring highest practicable standards of maritime safety and security, the Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe on March 30, 2020 defended bill No 1067/PJL/AN to authorise the President of the Republic to proceed with Cameroon’s accession to the international convention for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments adopted in London, England on February 13, 2004.  He presented and defended the draft bill before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly accompanied by the Minister of External Relations, Mbella Mbella in the presence of the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Relations with the Assemblies, Bolvine Wakata.  
The objective of the bill, the Minister stated, is to prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments. Cameroon which currently has two parts with intense commercial activity is going by the explanations of the Minister greatly concerned by the establishment and operationalization of the ballast water management system. “This means that our ships must meet international obligations, but also that States not party to this Convention must comply with its obligations, thus contributing to the protection of our marine environment,” he stated. 
The mission of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), of which Cameroon is a member, is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping through cooperation. The ratification of the bill by Cameroon will therefore guarantee safe and secured maritime activities. 



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