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Lessons Learned from Marine Casualties
Efforts to increase global
fishing vessel safety have received a boost with France becoming the ninth
State to ratify IMO’s Cape
Town Agreement. The treaty covers various important safety requirements
including radiocommunications, life-saving appliances and arrangements,
emergency procedures, musters and drills. more...
IMO’s Polar Code, when properly applied, is a powerful tool
for safeguarding the environment and protecting the lives of seafarers and
passengers in the challenging polar regions. This was the message from IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim to an international conference on implementing
the Polar Code, in Helsinki, Finland (22 February). The Code entered into force in January 2017 and sets out
mandatory standards covering the full range of design, construction, equipment,
operational, training and environmental protection matters that apply to ships
operating in the inhospitable waters surrounding the two poles. more...
Seafarers depend on a robust distress and safety system when life is in danger at sea. This week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (19-23 February) will be focusing on core areas of IMO’s work relating to safety at sea. The meeting will review progress in its ongoing work to modernize the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS). IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim opened the session, which is being chaired by Mr. Ringo Lakeman (Netherlands). (Click for photos). more...
Mr. Kitack Lim