This publication provides useful practical information to Governments, particularly those of developing
countries, Administrations, shipowners, port State control authorities, environmental agencies and other
stakeholders on the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Ballast Water Management
Convention. The aim is to encourage the further ratification and proper implementation and enforcement
of the Convention. However, it should be noted that, for legal purposes, the authentic text of the
Convention should always be consulted.