IMO is at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany (17-27 June), where governments are meeting to work towards significantly accelerating the pace of climate action. IMO is reporting to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA 50) on the latest and ongoing work to implement the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. The strategy sets out a vision confirming IMO's commitment to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, to phasing them out as soon as possible in this century.
Specifically, IMO has highlighted the achievements of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74), which approved amendments to strengthen existing mandatory requirements for new ships to be more energy efficient; initiated the Fourth IMO GHG Study; adopted a resolution encouraging voluntary cooperation between the port and shipping sectors to reduce emissions from shipping; and, importantly, approved a procedure for the assessment of impacts on States of new measures proposed.
Capacity-building and technology transfer feature heavily in IMO's work, including the continued successful execution of important capacity-building projects, the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) and the European Union-IMO GMN (Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres Network). An international project to support the initial IMO GHG strategy has been launched - the GreenVoyage-2050 project, a collaboration between IMO and the Government of Norway.
IMO's submission to SBSTA 50 can be downloaded here.
A key IMO-administered pollution response
facility in the Mediterranean is to undertake a far-reaching programme of
activities designed to help address the adverse effects of shipping on human
health and marine ecosystems.
At their bi-annual meeting in Malta (11-13
June), focal points for the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre
for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), have agreed:
· to continue developing and strengthening
pollution response capacity and cooperation at national, sub-regional and regional
· to explore and establish synergies between the
Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean and the IMO action
plan to address marine plastic litter from ships
· to examine further the possibility of
designating the Mediterranean Sea area as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur
Oxides under MARPOL Annex VI
· the need to define a sustainable and
collaborative approach to implement the Offshore Protocol and its action plan effectively,
· to launch a wide consultation process to prepare
a draft post-2021 Mediterranean strategy for prevention of, and response to, marine
pollution from ships involving all coastal States and relevant regional
meeting marked the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Assistance
Unit (MAU), a group of experts and centres of expertise that can be mobilised
by REMPEC in emergencies, and welcomed its latest member, the Adriatic Training
and Research Centre for Accidental Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response.
than 80 participants attended the meeting, from IMO, 19 Mediterranean coastal
states, the European Union/European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), UN
Environment, as well as other governmental and non-governmental organizations
and shipping industry representatives.
activity in the Mediterranean has been rising considerably in recent highlighting
the need for continued regional cooperation on pollution prevention and
response. In particular, a rapid rise in cruise activity makes it now the
world’s second busiest region for cruises.
France has become the 29th State to sign up to the
IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing
Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention
sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing
fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. It entered into force in 2012 and is a key pillar among the international instruments
addressing fishing vessel safety. Ambassador Nicole Taillefer, Permanent
Representative of France to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO
Headquarters, London, to deposit the instruments of accession (12 June).
In a year when promoting and empowering women is a
dominant theme throughout the maritime community, IMO hosted a special event at
the Nor-Shipping exhibition (6 June)
to highlight the some of the challenges – and the solutions – around
encouraging women to take up seafaring roles.
An all-female panel of experts, with many years'
combined seagoing experience, spoke of some of the issues they have faced and
which still need to be tackled. Many were simple yet vital things. One
panellist spoke of the absence of sanitary products on board (despite shaving
equipment being readily available) or a means to dispose of them. Another
mentioned the real threat of sexual harassment and even assault. Another said
she had experienced a stream of belittling comments from fellow crew members
and felt a continual need to prove herself.
But the overall tone was positive, with a strong
feeling that a new generation of both male and female seafarers were no longer
finding women at sea so surprising or difficult to cope with. There was a clear
view that more female role models and mentors, as well as females in senior
positions, were needed but these were coming through with the generational
All the panellists spoke in inspirational terms about
the rewards of a maritime career and praised the many networking and mentoring
organisations now established for women in maritime. IMO itself has a
long-standing gender equality programme
and has helped establish seven regional associations for women in the maritime
Earlier during Nor-Shipping, IMO's gender equality
programme manager Helen Buni launched a new project with WISTA International to measure
exactly how many women are working in the maritime industry. Encouraging more
women into shipping is widely seen not only as desirable in its own right but
also a vital source of labour for an industry frequently predicting
human-resource shortfalls in the years to come.
This year, IMO's theme for World
Maritime Day is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" and
this is echoed in the 2019 Day
of the Seafarer campaign which will ask maritime professionals regardless
of gender to say "I Am On Board" with gender equality at sea.
wide-ranging discussion during the "Africa@Nor-Shipping"
event in Oslo, Norway (5 June) explored a host of topics related to unlocking the full potential of Africa’s blue
economy. Three separate expert panels addressed
competition among different maritime sectors, ocean governance and the
importance of complying with international regulatory regimes,
particularly IMO’s ship safety, maritime security and environment rules.
Much discussion (photos) centred around viewing challenges as chances to grow, and the need to learn
lessons from the past. Ensuring African ownership and participation was
highlighted as a key aim. Speakers from IMO outlined the organisation's own
extensive involvement in helping build institutional and technical capacity in
Africa at the national and regional level. IMO is strongly aligned with a range
of pan-African initiatives such as the 2050 African Integrated Maritime
The need to
turn adversity into opportunity was a recurrent theme. One panellist referred
to the billions of dollars currently lost to illegal, unreported and
unregulated fishing and the enormous potential those sums held for positive
impacts – if they could be recovered or diverted. Discussion on law
enforcement, security and regulatory compliance continually highlighted the
vital need for a collaborative and holistic approach at national level.
Different government departments and agencies with a stake in such areas must
coordinate and communicate with each other. Countering a tendency for “thinking
in silos” has been a cornerstone of IMO's engagement in Africa for many years.
panelists agreed that future maritime development in Africa must be sustainable
– clearly spelled out as development that would continue to benefit future
generations. Linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals were not just
desirable but necessary. One speaker talked of the need to avoid
"institutional paralysis". In this context, IMO outlined how it can
help governments throughout the continent to galvanise, enhance and mobilise
their resources to achieve sustainable development.
were reminded that 38 of 54 African countries are coastal States – and more
than 90% of Africa’s imports and exports are transported by sea: Africa’s
future depends on healthy oceans and a sustainable blue economy. There was also
a call for the African Union, which took part in the event, to take leadership
in efforts to bring about this vision of a sustainable blue economy.
keeping with this year's World Maritime Day theme, the final panel featured a
lively discussion on the
importance of promoting gender equality in Africa's maritime sector. Mindsets
are changing, panellists reported, but not quickly enough. Gender stereotypes
built up over generations need to be broken down if the full potential of
Africa's blue economy is to be realised.
The panels were
moderated by JJ Shiundu, who heads IMO’s Technical Cooperation division.
The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting for its 101st session, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items. A number of draft amendments will be adopted, including amendments to mandatory Codes covering the carriage of potentially hazardous cargoes: the MSC is set to adopt the draft consolidated edition of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), and a comprehensive set of draft amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code).The MSC will be updated on the regulatory scoping exercise on maritime autonomous surface ships, taking into account different levels of autonomy. On polar shipping, the MSC is expected to approve draft guidance for navigation and communication equipment intended for use on ships operating in polar waters and further consider how to move forward with developing requirements for ships operating in polar waters but not currently covered by the Polar Code. A new agenda item will look at fuel oil safety. A range of guidance and guidelines will be approved, including those related to standardization and performance standards for navigational equipment, linked to the development of e-navigation.
The MSC was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Mr. Brad Groves (Australia). Read more here. Click for photos.
Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a strong reminder about the vital
importance of balanced and sustainable development to delegates at the Ocean
Leadership conference at the Nor-Shipping
2019 conference in Oslo today (4 June).
Mr Lim spoke of the Sustainable Development Goals as a unifying factor
breathing life into global efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere.
He confirmed IMO’s strong commitment to the 2030 Sustainability Agenda and
reminded delegates that IMO's environment regulations were driving many of the
technology innovations being showcased at the Nor-Shipping exhibition.
highlighted moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the sulphur content
of ships' fuel oil, requiring strict ballast water management and adopting the
Polar Code as outstanding recent examples of IMO's own sustainability agenda.
such as this", he said, "remind us that the world is no longer
prepared to accept services or industries that are simply cost-effective. We
now demand them to be green, clean and
energy-efficient and safe. Through IMO, governments ensure that
shipping is responding to that challenge."
Lim also took the opportunity to reiterate his strong personal support for the
themes of this year's World
Maritime Day and Day
of the Seafarer, both of which deal with gender equality in the maritime
IMO is supporting Viet Nam in its work to apply two IMO treaties aimed at protecting the marine environment. Under the MEPSEAS* project, a first national training course in Hai Phong, Viet Nam (3-7 June) is dealing with legal implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) and Anti-Fouling Systems (AFS) conventions.
Participants are key personnel involved in developing national policies and drafting national regulation. They are being trained on developing the legal, policy and institutional framework to implement the priority conventions the country has chosen under the MEPSEAS project.
The workshop follows the regional train-the-trainer workshop held in Singapore at the end of May. It is being delivered by a team of international and national experts, and includes hands-on training on drafting regulations using templates and models developed by IMO. The event is being run in partnership with the Viet Nam Maritime Administration (VINAMARINE).
* The Marine Environment Protection of the South-East Asian Seas project is run by IMO with funding support from Norad – find out more at mepseas.imo.org
IMO was on hand to offer advice and guidance at the third edition of the Arctic Council's Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum, held in London, United Kingdom (3-4 June). The Forum supports the effective implementation of IMO's
Polar Code. This year's theme was "'From Theory to Practice" and provided an opportunity for sharing of best practices and experiences. The Forum was attended by representatives from a range of stakeholders with an interest in safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping, including shipowners and operators, regulators, classification societies, marine insurers, and indigenous and local communities.
In a video message to open the meeting, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, " IMO is fully aware of the benefits of a collaborative approach and its objectives can only be met if all stakeholders are involved and take on their responsibilities."
IMO recently became an Arctic Council Observer, which will further strengthen the two organizations' efforts in support of sustainable Arctic shipping.
The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum was established in 2017 by the eight Arctic States (Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States) to help raise awareness and to promote the effective implementation of the Polar Code. The Forum's web portal,
www.arcticshippingforum.is, provides links to information essential to implementation of and compliance with the Polar Code, including hydrographic, meteorological, and ice data information needed to plan for safe and environmentally sound navigation in the Arctic. The forum event was hosted by the United States, at its Embassy in London.
communication is essential in bringing the work of the United Nations closer to
the world’s citizens, fostering trust among Member States and facilitating
informed decision-making. By making information available in all official
languages, the language and conference services enable their organisations to
communicate better, and to be more open, accountable and participatory.
confirmed its commitment to multilingualism at the International Annual Meeting
on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publication (IAMLADP)
in Brussels, Belgium (27-29 May). IAMLADP is an international forum and network
of managers of international organizations employing conference and language
joined representatives of 50 international organizations and participated in
sessions on data governance in conference services, how to enhance
accessibility for persons with disabilities to conferences and meetings of the
United Nations system, artificial intelligence and other new technologies in
the field of language and conference services and inclusive communication,
among others. The IMO delegation also attended parallel peer-learning sessions
on specific topics related to translation, interpretation and conference
management. The meeting adopted the Brussels statement on multilingualism. The
European Union hosted the event.
also participated in the annual Joint Inter-Agency Meeting on Computer-Assisted
Translation and Terminology (JIAMCATT), in
Luxembourg (13-15 May 2019), joining participants from
national and international organizations, including the United Nations and many of its specialized
agencies and of the Coordinated Organizations (OECD, NATO, Interpol) as well as
EU institutions. Governments were also represented, as well as the University
Contact Group of IAMLADP. The meeting was
hosted by the European
Commission’s Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union.
2020 will be hosted by IMO in London.
Planning for any marine pollution incident requires ongoing communication, collaboration and cooperation. Regional and sub-regional contingency planning is an effective way to share resources and expertise. This was in evidence at the IMO-supported 4th edition of the Adriatic Oil Spill Conference (ADRIASPILLCON 2019), held in Opatija, Croatia (28-30 May).
REMPEC, the IMO-administered pollution emergency response centre in the Mediterranean, shared its extensive experience and expertise in building capacity on oil spill preparedness and response in the wider Mediterranean region and in supporting other sub-regional contingency plans.
The regional conference provided an opportunity for States to discuss the level of preparedness of the region to respond to oil and chemical marine pollution, as well as to consider the mitigation of the risk and challenges of (future) offshore activities in the Adriatic Sea.
Participants at the conference represented States; regional and international institutions; the oil, chemical and shipping industries; academia; individual experts; specialised companies and equipment manufacturers. IMO funded the particiaption of six representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, through its Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
A live security drill at a cruise ship terminal in Mexico has given participants the opportunity to hone their skills and assess where any improvements can be made. The exercise, including a simulated bomb threat, was part of a workshop on Maritime Security Drills and Exercises, delivered by the Mexican National Maritime Authority (SEMAR) and the organizers of XIII International Forum on Maritime and Port Security (PBIP Forum), in cooperation with IMO, in Cozumel, Mexico (27-30 May) at the Cozumel Cruise terminal. Participants in the drills and workshop included the cruise terminal port facility security officers, the ship security officers, the navy, bomb squad and others.
IMO also participated in the PBIP forum, with Gisela Vieira outlining the Organization's work on capacity building through its global programme on maritime security,and reflecting on this year's World Maritime Day theme, "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community".
The PBIP fora serve as a cooperation network in maritime and port security, to help achieve the full, effective and uniform application of the requirements of IMO's International ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Participants include government officials, PFSOs and senior-level directors and managers representing the main ports and port facilities and the industry in Latin-America.
developing countries* in South-East Asia are receiving training to help
IMO marine environment protection treaties at a workshop in Singapore (28-30
May). Under the MEPSEAS project, launched last
year, participants are gaining the
skills to train others in their countries on how to apply IMO measures to
protect seas in the region.
workshop is focusing on regulations in the
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); the Anti-Fouling Systems Convention; the London dumping of wastes at sea convention and protocol; and
the Ballast Water Management Convention.
Find out more about MEPSEAS at mepseas.imo.org
Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippine, Thailand, Vietnam.
What is maritime development and why is it important? Isn’t one of the
biggest challenges the failure to appreciate the value of the maritime sector?
These are the questions being raised by IMO at the Growing Blue Conference in
Maputo, Mozambique (23-24 May).
“Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port
sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global
stability and sustainable development for the good of all people” said IMO’s
Chris Trelawny, speaking at the event.
IMO’s Maritime Development programme is assisting countries to grow
sustainable blue economies and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by
working to help IMO Member States to develop innovative policies and strategies
to respond to the needs of countries at the national, regional and global
levels. This includes supporting development of national port and shipping
sectors, promoting seafaring and shipping-related work as viable employment
options for young people, both male and female, and facilitating regional trade
by sea to foster manufacturing and export of finished products in addition to
raw materials, with resulting benefits including increased and sustainable
employment opportunities ashore.
More than 500 participants, including UN Special Envoy for Oceans, Peter
Thomson, various Ministers and the Presidents of Mozambique and the Seychelles
took part in the Conference. It builds on the Sustainable Blue Economy
Conference held in Kenya in November 2018, which featured forward-looking IMO
side events on the sustainable blue economy; integrating women in the maritime
sector; and reducing GHG emissions from ships.
Find out more about IMO and the Sustainable Development Goals, here.
Discussions on oil pollution prevention, preparedness and response took centre stage this week (20-24 May) at the latest edition of Spillcon 2019 in Perth, Australia.
The forum included sessions on cause and prevention, response management and environmental issues.
A raft of high calibre national and international speakers addressed the conference on their particular areas of expertise. However, this year, the audience also invited 12 to 15 years olds to join the event to learn more about issues related to environmental protection, oil and chemical pollution, preparedness and response. The curious students took part in a range of activities some of which supported by IMO to educate them on the issue.
Other senior participants at the conference gained knowledge with a view to improving their respective technical competencies and developing capacity at the national level.
Spillcon, which is part of a conference series partly organized by IMO, enhances regional and global knowledge on the issues surrounding global oil spill. The Conferences also provided a venue for international experts in oil spill prevention, preparedness, response and restoration to share information in a common forum.
IMO sponsored 10 participants* from Asia and the Pacific to attend the event.
* Federate States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Timor Leste, Tonga
Auditing IMO Member States to assess how effectively they enforce key IMO treaties is an important part of the Organization's work to ensure its regulatory framework is universally adopted and implemented.
IMO's Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) is the subject of a national workshop taking place in Yaoundé, Cameroon (13-17 May).
The participants are made up of senior administration personnel involved in preparing audits for their government. Participants also received specific training on documentation needed to conduct an audit.
The scheme became mandatory in January 2016. To date, 65 mandatory audits have been carried out, with a further 12 planned for later year. All Member States are required to undergo a mandatory audit within the seven-year audit cycle.
The workshop was organized by IMO and hosted by the Ministry of Transport of Cameroon.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is the latest country to benefit from
IMO’s work promoting good maritime governance practice – through a National
Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop, underway in Basseterre (14-16 May).
The event brought together participants from over 30
institutions, including ministries, State and stakeholder agencies to work
towards a policy to help achieve the maritime vision of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Creating a NMPT policy will help the country’s maritime transport sector to be
governed in a coordinated, efficient, sustainable, safe and
environmentally-sound manner –contributing to the country’s sustainable
socio-economic development and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Find out more about the National Maritime Transport Policy
concept, what it is and how it works, by watching IMO’s NMTP video, here.
The workshop was organized by IMO, in cooperation with the
Department of Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Posts,
Urban Development and Transport of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with support from the
World Maritime University (WMU).
Malta is the latest country to accede to IMO's
treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong 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
Under the treaty,
ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous
materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide
a "Ship Recycling Plan", specifying the manner in which each ship
will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory.
H.E. Mr. Victor
Camilleri, Permanent Representative of Malta to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General
Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London (14 May) to deposit the instrument of
States party to the Convention now represent more than 28.8% of world merchant
environment protection meeting has opened for its 74th session (13-17 May). The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships
is a key agenda item, following up on the initial IMO
strategy on reduction of GHG emissions
from ships. A working group is expected to be established, continuing the work
of an intersessional meeting which met last week (7-10) May. The fourth IMO GHG
study is expected to be initiated, the procedure for assessing the impact on
States of new measures will be considered and possible
short-term measures will be discussed.
A set of draft guidelines and
guidance documents to support the implementation of the 0.50%
sulphur limit from 1 January 2020 are set to be approved this week. The new limit will have
major health and environmental benefits.
Other important agenda items include: the adoption of
MARPOL amendments to strengthen requirements regarding discharge of
high-viscosity substances, such as certain
vegetable oils and paraffin-like cargoes; the follow up on
the IMO Action Plan to address marine plastic
litter from ships; implementation of the Ballast
Water Management Convention; and approval, for future adoption, of draft
amendments to the International Convention for the Control of Harmful
Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), to include controls on the biocide
Further information on the Marine
Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 74th session agenda can
be found here.
The MEPC was opened by Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Mr.
Hideaki Saito (Japan). Click for photos.
Ten years after the adoption of IMO’s Hong Kong
Convention for the Safe and
Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, in May 2009, there has been progress
with voluntary application of its requirements, but the treaty needs to enter
into force for it to be widely implemented. “I urge Member States who have not
yet done so to ratify the Convention at the earliest opportunity, in order to
bring it into force as soon as possible,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack
at an International Seminar on Ship Recycling: Towards the Early Entry
into Force of the Hong Kong Convention (10 May). The seminar was organized by
the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan in
cooperation with the IMO Secretariat.
industry and national authorities, including ship recycling countries, are
addressing the seminar, which aims to highlight how to promote sustainable ship
recycling and discuss what is necessary to move forward for the early entry
into force of the Hong Kong Convention.
The Hong Kong 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.
Secretary-General Lim highlighted the work already
done by IMO to develop guidelines to assist in implementation, with a range of
training and other similar projects, to help build capacity in ship recycling
countries and establish the conditions that will enable those which have not
yet done so, to ratify or accede to the Convention. In particular, the ongoing
project on "Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in
funded by the Government of Norway and jointly implemented by IMO, the
Government of Bangladesh and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and
Stockholm Conventions (BRS), is in its second phase, focusing on building the
country's institutional capacity and implementing the training materials based
on Phase I. Meanwhile, the Government of Japan has been working with relevant
stakeholders to improve ship recycling in South Asia.
To date, the
Hong Kong Convention has been ratified or acceded by eleven States: Belgium, Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Estonia, France, Japan, the Netherlands,
Norway, Panama, Serbia and Turkey. The combined merchant fleets of these eleven
States constitute 23% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet and
their combined ship recycling volume constitutes about 1.6 million gross
tonnage (about 0.56% of the gross tonnage of the eleven contracting States'
merchant fleet). Entry into force requires 15 States, 40% of the world's
merchant fleet and their ship recycling volume constituting not less than 3% of
the gross tonnage of these contracting States' merchant fleet.
Suriname is the latest country to benefit from IMO
maritime security training. Participants at a workshop in Paramaribo, Suriname
(7-8 May) took part in table-top contingency planning exercises involving a
variety of maritime security issues. These included threats to cruise ships,
border security issues involving ports, airports and land border crossing, as
well as potential incidents involving proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, and arms and drugs consignments.
The main objective of the exercise was to encourage a
multi-agency, whole of government approach to maritime and port facility
security and related maritime law enforcement issues – with participants working to
identify gaps in national procedures or legislation, opportunities for
improvement, and further needs for training or technical assistance.
The exercise took place following a request by
Suriname to assist the country in strengthening its implementation of UN
Security Council Resolution
1540 (2004) – specifically those that fall within the scope of IMO’s SOLAS
chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code and/or the 1988 and 2005 SUA treaties (click
for details of these treaties).
The workshop was organised in collaboration with the
United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin
America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).
International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been granted observer status at
the Arctic Council. This will allow IMO to build on previous cooperation with
the Arctic Council and engage in close collaboration on a range issues related
to shipping in the Arctic, in particular, search and rescue, pollution response
and maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.
has adopted the Polar Code, which provides mandatory
requirements for ships operating in the harsh environment of the Polar regions,
to provide additional protection on top of existing mandatory rules, for ship design, construction, equipment, operational,
training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters. IMO is
currently developing develop measures to reduce the risks of use and
carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters.
"Guide on Oil Spill Response in Ice and Snow Conditions", approved in
2016, was developed in coordination with the Arctic Council's Emergency
Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group.
Arctic Council is an intergovernmental organization which promotes greater
coordination and cooperation among the Arctic States, among other things. The
members of the Arctic Council are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway,
the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States. IMO joins four other
United Nations system bodies with observer status at the Arctic Council (UNDP,
UN-ECE, UNEP and WMO). The 11th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in
Rovaniemi, Finland, welcomed IMO as an observer organization.
sharing is a prerequisite to enabling the successful implementation of “Just-In-Time” (JIT) operations – which can cut the
time ships spend idling outside ports and help cut emissions as well as save on
fuel costs. Participants at a roundtable meeting of IMO’s Global
Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) at IMO Headquarters, London (1-2 May), agreed
that increased transparency of information through data
sharing was imperative, while this should be achieved through standardized
functional and data definitions. More frequent exchange of information would
lead to better predictability of when a berth is available. The roundtable identified the need for a global, neutral, not-for profit data sharing platform, to
allow frequent updates from terminals and vessel service providers on
The roundtable also identified the potential benefits of regulating data sharing,
while incentivising data quality.
The roundtable meeting is the latest in a series
organized by the GIA, to identify and discuss the operational, contractual and regulatory barriers – and
potential solutions – to the uptake of Just-In-Time operations.
Operational measures can help to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions
from ships. In
2018, IMO adopted an initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG
emissions from ships, setting out a vision which confirms IMO’s commitment
to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and to
phasing them out as soon as possible.
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 roundtable was attended by more than
30 GIA and non-GIA members (including shipping companies, ship agents, ship
brokers, ports, terminals, bunker providers, nautical service provider,
maritime organizations, maritime law firms).
Increased commercial and oil activity in Liberia's territorial waters has seen the number of tankers and other ships supporting the oil activities, rise significantly.
These activities are critical to the Liberian economy but pose a risk in the event of an oil spill. To address this issue, the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) has organized a workshop in Monrovia, Liberia (29 April – 2 May) which provided participants with incident management process information as well as an opportunity to test the newly learned material through an exercise.
The workshop also provided Liberia with the opportunity to update its Incident Management System and strengthened its national oil spill preparedness and response system. Liberia is seeing a growing number of fishing communities along its coast and has a responsibility to protect the livelihood of these communities by having a robust oil spill preparedness and response plan in place.
The workshop was hosted by the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA).
Breaking down gender
stereotypes in the maritime industry is not just important in its own right, it
is also beneficial for the industry as a whole. That was one of the key
messages to emerge from a special event held at IMO Headquarters in London
yesterday, on International Labour Day (May 1).
In a year when IMO is
highlighting its efforts to empower
women in the maritime community, a panel
discussion among five high level female maritime professionals and an invited
audience of IMO delegates and other maritime representatives explored issues
around female representation in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Sakura Kuma (Executive
Director of the Port of Yokohama), Fran Collins (CEO of Red Funnel Group), Katy
Ware (Maritime Safety and Standards Director at the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency),
Despina Theodossiou (CEO of Tototheo Maritime and President of WISTA
International) and Kathi Stanzel, (MD of INTERTANKO) discussed what had
inspired them to join the maritime profession and the barriers that still need
to be tackled.
Kitack Lim confirmed that IMO is strongly committed to helping Member States
achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting SDG 5 on gender
equality as one of the key platforms on which a sustainable future can be
Four maritime NGOs (ICS, BIMCO, INTERTANKO and WISTA) combined to organise the event.