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IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General. The meeting addressed the impact of COVID-19 on, among other things, disruption and restrictions to travel, trade flows, global logistics, supply of food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. more...
What is biofouling and why does it matter? How do ships and other ocean structures spread invasive aquatic species? How does it contribute to Greenhouse gas emissions? A new IMO video animation here shows how aquatic organisms can build up on surfaces and structures exposed to the sea - a process known as biofouling. These organisms can be potentially invasive and spread across oceans, with sometimes dramatic consequences on biodiversity and economy. more...
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMO Secretariat continues to function effectively. The majority of staff are working remotely, making full use of telecommuting and teleconferencing technology. A number of IMO Committee and Sub-Committee meetings have been postponed (see press briefing here for details). more...
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