“Use your power to empower”. “Say what you’re thinking”.
“Listen to the ‘yes’ voice in your head”. “Return every phone call every day”.
“Believe in yourself”.
This was the advice given by a wide variety of inspiring
maritime women sharing their experiences of entering, working and leading in
the maritime world at a special event (photos) on "Women, ports and
facilitation" at IMO Headquarters, London (10 April).
presented on, and answered questions about, their work and the future for women
in the field – identifying a series of key issues and recommendations. These
include the importance of promoting female role models; increased access to
education; mentoring; and taking advantage of training – with the overriding
point being that work promoting gender equality needed to be done by both men
and women together.
In his introduction to the event, IMO Secretary-General
Kitack Lim emphasized IMO’s commitment to empowering women in the maritime
community – this year’s World
Maritime Day theme – and the importance of getting “all hands on deck”,
both male and female, for the maritime world to continue to carry the world’s
goods in a clean safe and efficient manner.
The event, organized by IMO and WISTA*, took place in the margins of
IMO’s Facilitation Committee, which, this week, has been addressing the
efficiency of shipping by dealing with all matters related to the free flow of
international maritime traffic.
* Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
IMO training on the international treaty covering waste
dumping at sea, the London
Protocol, is underway for Algerian government officials and participants*
from shipping companies and port authorities.
The workshop, held in Alger (9-10 April), is enabling
cooperation between different sectors – allowing effective implementation of
measures aimed at protecting the marine environment from dumping of harmful
wastes at sea**.
Participants examined ways of effectively assessing the
environmental impact of dumping of certain substances, including dredged
material and effluents from desalination plants at sea. They also discussed the
advantages of being part of the global network of experts and scientists linked
to the London Protocol and their ongoing research on innovative sustainable
techniques preventing marine pollution caused by dumping.
The event was organized by IMO’s Office of the London
Convention & Protocol and Ocean Affairs with the Directorate of Merchant
Navy and Ports of the Algerian Ministry of Public Works and Transport, with support
from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
* 35 participants from ministries and administrations
responsible for transport, environment, fisheries, tourism and foreign Affairs,
as well as shipping companies and port authorities
** as set out in the London Protocol and the Dumping
Protocol of the Barcelona Convention – the regional convention for the
protection of the Mediterranean Sea established under UN Environment’s Regional
The IMO treaty enhancing communication between ships and
ports to help shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently has
been ratified by Malaysia. This brings the number of contracting States to the Convention
on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) to 123.
Captain Haji Samad, Alternate Permanent Representative of
Malaysia to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters,
London (10 April) to deposit the instrument of accession.
IMO’s Facilitation Committee is meeting for its 43rd
session (8-12 April) this week, coinciding with the entry into effect of new
requires for all public authorities to introduce electronic exchange of
information between ships and ports (see details here).
Find out more about the FAL Convention, including why it is
needed, advice for governments, here.
IMO’s Facilitation Committee addresses the efficiency of shipping by
dealing with all matters related to the
facilitation of international maritime traffic, including the arrival, stay and
departure of ships, persons and cargo from ports. The Committee is
meeting for its 43rd session (8-12 April), coinciding with the
entry into effect of new requires for all public authorities to introduce
electronic exchange of information between ships and ports (see details here).
Alongside other agenda items, the Committee is expected to continue its ongoing
work on harmonization and standardization of electronic messages and develop Guidelines
for setting up a single window system in maritime transport. The Committee
will also receive an update on a successful IMO maritime single window project,
which has been implemented in Antigua and Barbuda
by Norway. The source code developed for the system established in
Antigua and Barbuda will be made available to other interested Member States.
The Facilitation Committee was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack
Lim and is being chaired by Mrs. Marina Angsell (Sweden). Click for
The Facilitation Committee
session sees two side events focusing on trade by ship. A special event on
"Women, ports and facilitation", co-sponsored by IMO and WISTA, will
reflect on the 2019 World Maritime Day theme, "Empowering women in
the maritime community" (10 April). A seminar on making cross border trade
simpler (11 April) is co-sponsored by IMO and the International Port Community
Systems Association (IPCSA) and covers “Values and benefits of a Port Community
System, links to Single Window and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement”. Read more
Two important IMO treaties
helping to protect the marine environment have been under the spotlight
training workshops for Ukrainian officials in Kiev (1-5 April).
Participants took part in
training on implementing and enforcing both the i) Ballast Water Management
Convention (BWM), which aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by
potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water, and ii) the
Anti-Fouling Systems Convention (AFS), which prohibits the use of harmful
organotins in anti-fouling paints and establishes a mechanism to prevent the
potential future use of other harmful substances in anti-fouling systems.
Participants were also introduced to ways in which to implement IMO’s
The BWM workshop focused on compliance
monitoring and enforcement, and provided training on how to plan and conduct
port biological baseline surveys as well as risk assessments, including ship
targeting for port State control and exemptions. The AFS-Biofouling workshop
contributes to developing a national biofouling management strategy and action
plan for Ukraine.
“Education is the greatest engine of personal development”,
said Ms. Lorraine Masiza (from Namibia), Chair of
the Association for Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa
region (WOMESA), speaking at the first ever meeting of all seven IMO regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAS).
This historic meeting took place on the sidelines of the
third World Maritime University (WMU) International Women’s Conference,
Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, Malmö, Sweden (4-5 April).
WIMAFRICA and WMUWA also joined the gathering to share
experiences and generate ideas for the future.
On the subject of education, Ms. Masiza also said that
mentoring programmes were crucial in order to advance women and girls in the
maritime sector. The key themes of training, visibility and recognition were
echoed by representatives from the other WIMAS, who also highlighted the need
for research and data, to help inform strategies to mainstream gender issues
throughout the maritime sector.
Ms. Carol Schroeder of the WMU
Women's Association (WMUWA) spoke about the network of past, current and
prospective female students of the University. Recognizing
the need to involve everyone in gender issues, the WMUMA currently has 11 male
The seven regional networks promote and improve gender
balance in the shipping industry have been established, with support from IMO’s
Women in Maritime programme.
IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme funded two
representatives from each WIMA to attend the Malmö conference on Empowering
Women in the Maritime Community. IMO's Women in Maritime Programme forms part
of the Organization's strong commitment towards helping its Member States
achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and
empower all women and girls".
structural barriers, build good networks and support quality education to
ensure no woman, no girl is left behind in the maritime sector – where women
remain significantly under-represented. These were some of the themes
reiterated by maritime leaders speaking on the first day of the third World
Maritime University (WMU) International Women’s Conference, Empowering Women in
the Maritime Community, Malmö,
Sweden (4-5 April), reflecting this year’s World Maritime Day theme.
the conference, WMU President Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry called on the whole
maritime sector to “be bold for change” in order to achieve the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 5 on gender equality. “We need to
ensure a quality education is made available to everyone, including and
empowering women and girls. No one should be left behind,” she said.
progress we need bold and innovative initiatives to ensure we progress gender
diversity,” said Helen Buni, focal point for IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme,
which supports women to access maritime training and other opportunities,
including through gender-specific fellowships for high-level technical training. Through this programme, IMO has facilitated the establishment of seven
women in maritime associations across the globe to provide networking,
mentorship and other opportunities.
Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division said while there had been some
progress in female representation at IMO meetings amongst national delegations,
the maritime industry needed more women, particularly in leadership
roles. “There are infinite possibilities for a more fair and equitable
workplace that takes
advantage of the strengths that both genders bring
to management and leadership,” Ms Deggim said. ”IMO recognizes that the
shipping industry must reach out to every sector of the community if it is to
attract the very best people to pursue a maritime career. Employing and
empowering more women will go a long way to solving the challenges faced by the
maritime industry, especially the predicted shortage of skilled seafarers, in
In a video
message to the conference, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “The maritime
world needs all hands on deck, both male and female, to continue to carry the
world’s goods in a clean safe and efficient manner.”
conference via #maritimewomen2019
Maritime users of the Global Positioning System Standard Positioning Service (GPS-SPS) are urged to check their systems ahead of the week counter roll over on 6 April 2019. Some outdated GPS receiver systems may cease to function properly - with potentially serious impacts on navigation.
The roll over occurs because the GPS system transmits time to GPS receivers using a format of time and weeks as a 10-bit value, which started from 6 January 1980, and can only count 1023 weeks. The previous roll over was on 21 August 1999, when systems reset and began counting towards week 1023 again. When the GPS system reaches week 1024, the system will revert back to week zero.
Some GPS receivers are known to be unable to make the transition from week 1023 to 1024. If the GPS receiver is outdated or has not been properly updated, the receiver will revert on 6 April 2019 to reading the week zero as August 1999. The internal clocks of these GPS receivers will experience a lack of absolute reference and may give the wrong time and position or may lock up permanently. Some of these GPS receivers are repairable with upgrades and others will become unusable.
Maritime users are advised to check the status of their receiver with their GPS manufacturer. IMO has issued a safety of navigation circular SN.1/Circ.182/Add.1 warning maritime users to take action for the roll over.
The GPS-SPS has been recognized by IMO as a component of the world-wide radionavigation system since 1996.
Georgia is the 112th State to accede to the International Convention on Load Lines (1988 Protocol). Limitations on the draught to which a ship may be loaded are included in the treaty, making a significant contribution to the ship's safety. These limits are given in the form of freeboards. The treaty takes into account the potential hazards present in different ocean zones and different seasons.
The 1988 Protocol updates and revises the earlier treaty. The technical annex contains several additional safety measures concerning doors, freeing ports, hatchways and other items. These measures help to ensure the watertight and weathertight integrity of ships' hulls below the freeboard deck. All assigned load lines must be marked amidships on each side of the ship, together with the deck line.
H.E. Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia and Permanent Representative of Georgia to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London (28 March) to deposit the instrument of accession.
IMO's treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling has received another boost. Japan has become the 10th country to become a Party to the Hong Kong Convention.The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.
Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a "Ship Recycling Plan", specific to each individual ship to be recycled, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory.
H.E. Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Japan to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London (27 March) to deposit the instrument of accession.
To help increase international awareness of the importance of the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan in cooperation with the IMO Secretariat is hosting an international seminar on “Ship Recycling - Towards the Early Entry into Force of the Hong Kong Convention”. The seminar will be held on 10 May 2019 at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The seminar will discuss how to promote sustainable ship recycling and how to move forward for the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention.
The Contracting States to the Hong Kong Convention are: Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, the Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Serbia and Turkey. They represent approximately 23.16% of the gross tonnage of the world's merchant shipping. The combined annual ship recycling volume of the Contracting States during the preceding 10 years is 1,709,955 GT, i.e. 0.57% of the merchant shipping tonnage of the same States. The Hong Kong Convention will enter into force 24 months after the following conditions are met: 1. not less than 15 States have concluded this Convention, 2. the combined merchant fleets of the States Parties constitute not less than 40 percent of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping, and 3. the combined maximum annual ship recycling volume of the States Parties during the preceding 10 years constitutes not less than 3% of the gross tonnage of the combined merchant shipping of the States Parties.
IMO’s Legal committee will discuss a number of proposed measures to prevent fraudulent registration of ships and other deceptive shipping practices, during its 106th session (27-29 March). This follows reports of fraudulent use of their flag by a number of IMO Member States.
Amongst other agenda items, the Committee will consider the growing number of cases of seafarer abandonment and the orchestrated action needed to address this issue. The Committee will be updated on the latest cases and review cases which have been successfully resolved, following intervention by the IMO Secretariat, the International Labour Organization (ILO), relevant flag States, port States, seafarers' States and other organizations.
The Committee will also begin its work on the regulatory scoping exercise of conventions emanating from the Legal Committee for the use of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). Another important agenda item is on encouraging ratification and implementation the 2010 HNS Convention, which covers liability and compensation in the event of an incident involving hazardous goods. The number of ships carrying HNS cargoes is growing steadily with more than 200 million tonnes of chemicals traded annually. The Legal committee was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Mr. Volker Schöfish (Germany).
Members of three key regional
maritime security agreements*, which IMO has helped to establish, are
undergoing training on tackling maritime crime in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (10-28
Thirty participants from 24 countries** are learning theoretical and
practical skills to deal with
piracy/robbery against ships, drug trafficking, marine terrorism, weapons
smuggling, human trafficking and more.
course is organized by IMO and Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the Jeddah
Amendment to Djibouti Code of Conduct and conducted by experts from the
Saudi Arabia Border Guard, UNODC, INTERPOL and IMO.
training is taking place at the Mohammed Bin Naif Academy for Maritime Science
and Security Studies and is the first of three training workshops to be
organized by IMO and the Saudi Border Guard in Jeddah during 2019 – with
financial assistance from Saudi Arabia.
The series of workshops will enable participants from different regions
to share ideas and best practices in order to promote maritime security.
Djibouti Code of Conduct; the West and Central Africa Code of conduct; and the
Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against
Ships in Asia (ReCAAP)
Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar,
Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles,
Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan, Cabo Verde, Sri Lanka, United Republic of
Tanzania and Yemen
the latest country to benefit from IMO’s continuing work to strengthen oil
spill response capacity in the Wider Caribbean Region.
officials from 28 different government agencies, environmental stakeholders,
and local industry representatives took part in the REMPEITC-Caribe* training
workshop (18-20 March) funded by IMO. Participants assessed Guyana’s oil spill
readiness programme and further developed the National Contingency Plan for the
workshop supports continued efforts by the Government of Guyana to ratify
international conventions, develop contingency plans, and enact domestic oil
The event followed a sub-regional training which
took place in St Kitts and Nevis last week and further workshops to support
the Wider Caribbean Region on oil spill preparedness will be taking place
throughout the year.
* The Regional
Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre for the Caribbean
Increased maritime traffic as well as offshore oil and gas industries in west and central Africa means more risks of oil spill in the region. To strengthen the capability for preparedness and response of a potential oil spill, a workshop is underway in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (18-21 March). The event aims to help participants with to ratify and effectively implement IMO conventions relating to oil pollution and liability and compensation.
Participants will be trained on how to best transpose IMO treaties into domestic laws. The workshop will also look at the technical context by which these conventions operate and the challenges they aim to address. The workshop will improve the capacity of these countries to protect their marine and coastal resources at risk from an oil pollution incident. The workshop is organized by the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF).
A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S and the Panama Canal Authority are the latest entities to join the IMO-supported
Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA). The GIA
now has 18 members, including leading shipowners and operators, classification
societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers,
oil companies and ports.
members signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA
Taskforce at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom (15 March).
Taskforce meeting (photos) progressed work on several on-going projects, including on
the validation of performance of Energy Efficiency Technologies, the assessment of barriers to the uptake of Just-in-Time
Operation of ships and resulting emission saving opportunities from its
effective implementation, as well as work on the current status and application
of alternative fuels in the maritime sector and barriers to their uptake. The Taskforce was also shown a preview of an open access
E-Learning course on the Energy Efficient Operation of Ships, which is expected
to be completed and launched later this year.
The Taskforce also formalized the extension of the GIA
until 31 December 2019 and agreed to develop a White Paper outlining a vision
and potential priority areas for the GIA.
The GIA is
an innovative public-private partnership initiative of the IMO, under the
framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP)
Project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an
energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system.
The latest in a series of workshops on developing a national maritime transport policy has been held in Accra, Ghana (13-15 March). IMO is promoting the development of national maritime transport policy as a means to bring all relevant stakeholders together, and create a policy to achieve the maritime vision of a country and ensure that the sector is governed in an efficient, sustainable, safe and environmentally sound manner. This can help ensure a coordinated approach to a sustainable maritime transport sector - which in turn can contribute to the country’s sustainable socio-economic development and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Watch the NMTP video here.)
The Accra workshop involved participants from nearly 20 institutions, including ministries, state agencies and stakeholder agencies. Ghana has recently revised its National Transport Policy, which itself includes policy goals and objectives relating to the maritime transport sector. The workshop participants adopted a set of conclusions, among which they urge the relevant national authorities to initiate and lead the process for the development and adoption of a national maritime transport policy and related strategy.
The workshop was organized by IMO, in close cooperation with the Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ministry of Transport, with the active involvement of the World Maritime University (WMU). IMO and WMU officials facilitated the workshop.
Emerging maritime challenges were at the forefront of discussions at the 11th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting (ISM) on Maritime Security in Da Nang, Viet Nam, (14-15 March).
Participants had the opportunity to exchange views on regional maritime issues, review progress of their maritime security work plan, and discuss proposed activities over the coming year.
IMO took the opportunity to update ARF members on IMO's work in Asia and told senior maritime officials of potential future technical cooperation projects in the region. IMO also talked about improving the implementation, among ASEAN members, of maritime security measures, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
The forum also discussed three priority areas, namely maritime security and cooperation; safety of navigation; and marine environment and sustainable development. More specifically they looked at patrols in the Sulu Sea, the importance of international cooperation and capacity building, as well as managing cyber risks in the shipping industry.
The meeting was chaired by Australia, Viet Nam and the EU.
underway for oil spill response managers in the wider Caribbean region at a
course* in St Kitts and Nevis (11-14 March).
from 15 countries** are attending the IMO-funded
event, which is focused on tactical aspects of spill preparedness and response,
and applying incident management systems to assist effective coordination of spill response. The event is showcasing success
stories of several countries in
ratifying relevant international preparedness and response
conventions, adopting national oil spill legislation and developing oil spill response capacity.
course supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG
14 – Life Below Water, by developing capacity to protect marine and
The course is
taking place under the auspices of REMPEITC-Caribe, the
Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre for the
Caribbean, which was set up under the UN Environment’s Regional Seas Programme
for the Caribbean.
(Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation) Level 2
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada,
Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname,
Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
A new set of publicly-available guidelines for monitoring plastics and microplastics in the oceans will help harmonize how scientists and others assess the scale of the marine plastic litter problem.
The Guidelines for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean have been published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a body that advises the United Nations system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection. The guidelines cover what to sample, how to sample it and how to record and assess plastics in the oceans and on the shoreline, including establishing baseline surveys. They include recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic litter, also referred to as plastic debris, in the ocean.
The guidelines include common definitions for categories of marine litter and plastics, examples of size and shape, how to design monitoring and assessment programmes, sampling and surveys. Sections cover citizen science programmes - which involve members of the public in marine litter surveying and research. There are detailed chapters on monitoring sea surface floating plastic and plastic on the seafloor.
The full set of guidelines is available to download free-of-charge from the GESAMP website here.
The guidelines can be used by national, inter-governmental and international organisations with responsibilities for managing the social, economic and ecological consequences of land- and sea-based human-activities on the marine environment.
The guidelines are a response to the hitherto lack of an internationally agreed methodology to report on the distribution and abundance of marine plastic litter and microplastics and directly contribute to the UN SDG Goal 14 on the oceans. Specifically, the guidelines are a response to target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including plastic debris and nutrient pollution.
Understanding the impact of plastic litter found at sea and how to get rid of it was at the heart of discussions in Nairobi Kenya, (11-15 March) at a side-event called Sea-Based Sources of Marine Litter, in the margin of the UN Environment Assembly.
Sea-based sources of marine litter, in particular from the fishing and shipping industries are a significant component of marine litter with severe impacts on the marine environment, food security, animal welfare and human health, safety and livelihoods.
IMO addressed the audience, showing how it plans to further tackle the issue through its action plan, adopted in 2018, which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships.
Even though IMO pioneered the prohibition of plastics' disposal from ships anywhere at sea almost 30 years ago, it is constantly reviewing practices in order to improve them. More details about its action plan was shared at the event, such as the use of adequate reception facilities at ports and terminals for the reception of garbage and its recommending that "all shipowners and operators should minimize taking on board material that could become garbage".
A minute of silence was observed, in honour of fellow UN colleague Joanna Toole, who had planned to be in attendace at this event, but was sadly involved in the tragic Ethiopian airline crash.
The event was co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UN Environment, the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) the Ocean Conservancy and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
IMO contributes to the protection of biodiversity through its Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which requires ships to manage their ballast water to limit the spread of potentially invasive aquatic organisms. Work on the experience-building phase of the BWM Convention (EBP) was highlighted at the annual meeting (6-8 March) of the joint International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) and IMO (ICES/IOC/IMO) Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors, which was held in Weymouth, United Kingdom. The group provides scientific support to the development of international measures aimed at reducing the risk of transporting non-native species via shipping activities.
The experience-building phase involves data gathering and analysis and the group discussed sampling and analysis work conducted by its members that could be submitted to the EBP. The group also discussed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for collection of treated ballast water samples, which were developed by the group and agreed by IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) to be included in the data gathering and analysis plan for the EBP. Moreover, the group highlighted progress in the development of a standard for ballast water monitoring equipment, which is expected to be further discussed by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
IMO’s Biofouling Guidelines also address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls and contribute to protecting the ocean environment. The group discussed the review of the Biofouling Guidelines, which is to be undertaken by the PPR Sub-Committee. The group will input its views into this work. The review of the guidelines comes as IMO begins to implement a global project to build capacity in developing countries for improved implementation of biofouling management. The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project was launched in 2018.
On International Women’s day 2019 (8 March), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is putting the spotlight on women in the maritime sector. This year, IMO’s World Maritime Day theme is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community", giving particular resonance to this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
The global 2019 theme for International Women’s Day - Think equal, build smart, innovate for change - focuses on innovative ways in which gender equality and the empowerment of women can be advanced, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.
IMO is committed to gender equality and advancing women in the maritime sector. IMO’s Women in Maritime programme has, over the past three decades, helped women reach leadership positions in the maritime sector and bring a much-needed gender balance to the industry by giving them access to high-level technical training.
Today, IMO launches a video trailer for a forthcoming film which will showcase success stories of how IMO’s Women in Maritime programme has benefitted women in ports, on the shoreside and on ships. A series of profiles of individual women also launches today, helping to inspire the next generation.
The trailer and profiles were unveiled to delegates to the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment meeting and IMO staff, who gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day.
A regional workshop has provided senior maritime administration officials in Central America with the latest information on current and future developments at IMO. The training was organized by IMO and the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) in Medellin, Colombia (4-6 March).
The 24 participants* received detailed information about the activities within the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) aimed at building capacity in the region to comply with international rules and standards related to maritime safety and the prevention of maritime pollution. The workshop also provided a platform for information exchange between Central America maritime administrations and facilitated the identification of technical assistance priorities for the region for the 2020-2021 biennium.
In the region, technical assistance and capacity building led by IMO will focus in the next two years on IMO’s search and rescue, pollution prevention (MARPOL) and Facilitation Conventions as well as on the development of national maritime transport policies (NMTP).
The Regional Workshop for Senior Maritime Administrators of the Operative Network of Regional Cooperation of Maritime Administrations in Central America (ROCRAM-CA) was hosted by the Maritime Authority of Colombia (DIMAR). Following the training, the V Extraordinary meeting of ROCRAM-CA also took place in Medellin (7-8 March).
* From Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. IMO, through COCATRAM, sponsored the participation of 11 participants through the Technical Cooperation Fund.
Sharing information among the various
different agencies involved is vital for maintaining maritime security,
especially where there is a strong multi-national element. That’s why IMO is
running a workshop in Djibouti on maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and
western Indian Ocean area.
The participants* are developing best
practices to help develop common templates and standard operating procedures
for sharing security-related information including on maritime crimes, legal
frameworks, training programmes and national initiatives. These templates will
form part of a toolkit to support collaboration between the existing reporting
framework under the Djibouti Code of Conduct DCoC (a regional agreement against
maritime crime in the Gulf of Aden and western Indian Ocean area which IMO
helped to establish) and newly established centres in Madagascar, Seychelles
and Saudi Arabia.
The activity supports the commitment
by Member States in the region to build response capabilities at both a
national and regional level, a vital step towards achieving a more safe and
secure maritime environment.
The workshop is taking place at the
Djibouti Regional Training Centre in Doraleh (3-7 March) and run with important
partner agencies UNODC, MSCHOA/UKMTO, EU CRIMARIO and United States Naval
Forces Africa. It brings together personnel from national maritime information
sharing centres, joint maritime operation centres, maritime rescue coordination
centres and other key international partners.
Find out more about the DCoC and
Jeddah Amendment, here.
* From Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Saudi
Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania,
United Arab Emirates and Yemen
IMO's Women in Maritime programme and this year's World Maritime Day theme were given increased visibility at the Houses of Parliament, London, UK (4 March 2019), during a session on Women, Peace and Conflict Resolution. Information was provided on the strategic approach IMO has taken towards enhancing the contribution of women as key stakeholders over the last 31 years. IMO is strongly committed to helping its Member States achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls". Some 2% of the world's 1.2 million seafarers are women.
There is ample evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies, and even countries. Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Gender diversity in a team often makes for a more effective team i.e. some women are better piracy negotiators as those softer skills are more developed. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.
The event was organized by Rotary International.