Being almost completely isolated from the world’s oceans, the Black Sea’s unique ecosystem is extremely vulnerable to threats generated by human activities. Possibly one of the greatest of these threats is the transfer of invasive species in ships’ ballast water. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IMO and the Black Sea Commission (BSC) was signed on 8 July 2010 in order to increase mutual support for several environmental aspects of shipping, including oil pollution preparedness, ballast water management and dumping of waste.
In this regard, IMO and BSC jointly organized in July 2010 a workshop to help Black Sea States prepare to ratify the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments. The event was attended by civil servants, legal experts and scientists from six Black Sea littoral States. The workshop was the first joint activity within the framework of the signed MoU between the two organizations.