The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and
Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), is concerned with preventing, minimizing and ultimately
eliminating the risks to the environment, human health, property and resources arising from the
transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens, through the control and management of ships’
ballast water and sediments. The BWM Convention also aims to avoid unwanted side-effects from that
control and encourages developments in related knowledge and technology. The 2018 consolidated
edition aims to provide an easy and comprehensive reference to the up-to-date provisions and Unified
Interpretations of the Articles and Annex of the BWM Convention.