The 28th Assembly of IMO met in London at IMO Headquarters from 25 November to 4 December 2013.
All 170 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.
The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.
Council extraordinary session
The Assembly was preceded by the twenty-seventh extraordinary session of the Council, on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November.
Strategic plan and budget
The Organization’s updated strategic and high-level action plans and the related results-based budget for 2014-2015 were presented to the Assembly for adoption.
Mandatory audit scheme
The Assembly adopted key resolutions and amendments relating to the Organization’s mandatory audit scheme, paving the way for the scheme to come into effect by 2016 once amendments to mandatory instruments have entered into force.
Adoption of resolutions
The Assembly reviewed the work carried out by the Organization during the biennium 2010 to 2011. A number of draft resolutions were submitted by the various IMO Committees for adoption by the Assembly, which also considered, for adoption, any resolutions submitted by the Council’s 27th Extraordinary Session. The topics covered by such resolutions include:
• Prevention and suppression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa;
• Guidelines on the preservation and collection of evidence following an allegation of a serious crime having taken place on board a ship or following a report of a missing person from a ship, and pastoral and medical care of persons affected;
• Revised guidelines on implementation of the ISM Code by Administrations;
• Revised guidelines for the structure of an integrated system of contingency planning for shipboard emergencies;
• Revised guidelines to assist investigators in the implementation of the Casualty Investigation Code;
• Recommendations for the training and certification of personnel on mobile offshore units (MOUs);
• Voluntary application of the IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme to fishing vessels of 100 gross tons and above;
• Recommendation on the use of adequately qualified deep-sea pilots in the North Sea, English Channel and Skagerrak; and in the Baltic;
• Application of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004;
• Amendments to the survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC);
• Revised guidelines for the designation of special areas under MARPOL 73/78; and
• Use of national tonnage in applying international conventions.