Taiwan to adopt IMO rules on ballast water

The transportation ministry has announced that Taiwan will adopt International Maritime Organization rules on the treatment of ballast water.

The rules are laid out in the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, set to take force in September. They are designed to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species through the ballast water held in shipping vessels.

Though Taiwan is not a member of the International Maritime Organization, the government will adopt the treaty's rules unilaterally because of the large number of ships entering Taiwanese ports each year.

Beginning in September, no ships will be allowed to dump or change their ballast water within Taiwan's territorial waters. Crews entering Taiwanese ports from overseas will be required to submit logs showing when they dumped or changed their ship's ballast water.

After the rules take effect, violators can be fined up to NT$1.5 million (US$49,000).

Source: Radio Taiwan International