Press Briefings 2011


23/12/2011 “Manila Amendments” to STCW Convention and associated Code enter into force on 1 January 2012 Full Story »

19/12/2011 Detailed action plan addressing domestic ferry safety in the East Asia sub-region agreed by participants in a forum on the subject organized by IMO and held in Bali, Indonesia  Full Story »

16/12/2011 In 2011 the World Maritime Day theme of “Piracy: orchestrating the response” has been central to IMO's work: 12 months of relatively good progress have laid foundations for cautious optimism  Full Story »

14/12/2011 Further key link in plan to provide effective SAR coverage off the coast of Africa established, with the commissioning of Madagascar search and rescue sub-centre  Full Story »

12/12/2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference concluded its seventeenth session (COP 17/CMP 7) in Durban, South Africa, noting IMO's adoption of regulations on energy efficiency for ships  Full Story »

01/12/2011 Piracy, budget, strategic plan and Day of the Seafarer among resolutions adopted by IMO's 27th Assembly Full Story »

25/11/2011 The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected40 States to be Members of its Council for the 2012-2013 biennium Full Story »

23/11/2011 Captain Seog Hae-gyun of the Republic of Korea, Master of the chemical tanker Samho Jewelry, has been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2011 Full Story »

21/11/2011 27th IMO Assembly is opened by IMO Secretary-General Mitropoulos Full Story »

17/11/2011 The 27th Assembly of IMO will meet in London at IMO Headquarters from 21 to 30 November 2011.  Full Story »

14/11/2011  IMO-commissioned study into impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping showsimplementation of measures will lead to significant reductions of GHG emissions from ships Full Story »

11/11/2011 Three Information Sharing Centres (ISCs) set up under IMO-led Djibouti Code of Conduct and Singapore-based ReCAAP ISC sign agreement establishing standard operating procedures for communicating and exchanging piracy-related information Full Story »

09/11/2011 Operation of the International Data Exchange (IDE) for the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) has been successfully transferred to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal. Full Story »

01/11/2011 States urged to ratify 2010 HNS Convention after eight countries sign the Protocol, subject to ratification or acceptance.  Full Story »

01/11/2011 UN agencies launch plan to improve the management of oceans and coastal areas with "Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability"  Full Story »

31/10/2011 Foundation stone of Djibouti regional training centre; training will promote implementation of Djibouti Code of Conduct  Full Story »

14/10/2011 Palazzo Colonna, Rome, was venue for 2011 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event, focusing on this year's World Maritime Day theme - "Piracy: orchestrating the response". Full Story »

05/10/2011  International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 (STCW-F 1995) set to enter into force on 29 September 2012 Full Story »

29/09/2011 Today (29 September 2011) marks the 34th celebration of World Maritime Day, with the theme: "Piracy: orchestrating the response".  Full Story »

21/09/2011 Saudi Arabia has made a significant contribution to the IMO Djibouti Code Trust Fund, giving a welcome boost to IMO-led anti-piracy project  Full Story »

16/09/2011 Further interim guidance on the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships approved by IMO intersessional working group. Full Story »

12/09/2011 IMO Secretary-General's sadness for the loss of life in the sinking of the ro-ro ferry Spice Islander I off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania  Full Story »

12/09/2011 The Republic of Palau has become the latest Member of IMO Full Story »

29/07/2011 MARPOL amendments enter into force on 1 August 2011, banning heavy fuel oil from Antarctic and creating North American ECA  Full Story »

19/07/2011 62nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met from 11 to 15 July 2011 at IMO Headquarters in London Full Story »

15/07/2011 Parties to MARPOL Annex VI adopt mandatory measures on energy efficiency for ships Full Story »

12/07/2011 ​Ms Linda (Lindy) Johnson of the United States of America has been posthumously awarded the prestigious International Maritime Prize Full Story »

07/07/2011 Mandatory measures to reduce emissions of GHG from international shipping to be considered for adoption by MEPC, 62nd session, 11-15 July (MEPC preview video available) Full Story »

04/07/2011  “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic” World Maritime Day theme for 2012 returns to the Organization's roots and raison d’être, i.e. safety of life at sea  Full Story »

04/07/2011 2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to go to Captain Seog Hae-gyun, Republic of Korea, Master of Samho Jewelry for heroic actions to keep vessel and crew safe following hijack by pirates  Full Story »

04/07/2011 Prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2010 to be posthumously awarded to Ms Linda (Lindy) Johnson, United States of America, for her significant contribution to the work of IMO, in particular with regard to protection of marine environment  Full Story »

04/07/2011 Diplomatic conference to be convened in South Africa, in 2012, for the purpose of adopting an Agreement on the Implementation of the 1993 Protocol relating to the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels Full Story »

28/06/2011 IMO Council elects Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan as Secretary-General from 1 January 2012 Full Story »

21/06/2011 Everyone is encouraged to send the simple yet powerful message: “Thank you, seafarers” on Day of the Seafarer, 25 June 2011 Full Story »

16/06/2011 His Excellency Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia met with IMO Secretary-General Mitropoulos at IMO Headquarters  Full Story »

13/06/2011 2011 edition of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and the STCW Code, including the 2010 Manila Amendments, now available Full Story »

07/06/2011 The World Maritime University (WMU) Board of Governors, meeting for its 29th regular session, has welcomed the improvement in the University’s budgetary position Full Story »

31/05/2011 MOU signed for building of regional training centre in Djibouti  Full Story »

26/05/2011 Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 89th session from 11 to 20 May 2011, completed a packed agenda Full Story »

25/05/2011 Mr. Yoshio Sasamura of Japan, a veteran of IMO and a major contributor to its work over many decades, has died, aged 84. Full Story »

20/05/2011 Interim guidance on employment of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships transiting the high-risk piracy area off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean approved  Full Story »

09/05/2011 Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean high on the agenda at MSC (11 to 20 May) Full Story »

21/04/2011 IMO and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) today (21 April 2011) signed a Cooperation Agreement at the Organization’s London Headquarters Full Story »

18/04/2011 The Djibouti Code of Conduct was today (18 April 2011) signed in Dubai by HE Dr. Saeed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Organisations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full Story »

18/04/2011 ​In the context of the recently-released Indian ship M/V Asphalt Venture, IMO reiterates its condemnation of all acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Full Story »

15/04/2011 Current radiation levels do not present health or transportation safety hazards to passengers and crew  Full Story »

14/04/2011 Denmark is first country to sign, subject to ratification, the Protocol of 2010 to the 1996 HNS Convention Full Story »

12/04/2011 Draft Assembly resolution aimed at promoting compliance with the IMO/ILO Guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident agreed  Full Story »

07/04/2011 IMO Secretary-General of IMO expresses profound sadness for the reported drowning of more than 200 migrants after capsize in Mediterranean in the early hours of 6 April.  Full Story »

05/04/2011 Third intersessional meeting of IMO’s Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from Ships met from 28 March to 1 April 2011 to discuss suitable market-based measures (MBMs) for international shipping Full Story »

01/04/2011 By the deadline of 31 March 2011, six candidates had been nominated by their Governments for the position of Secretary-General of IMO Full Story »

01/04/2011 Radioactive material from damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is gradually spreading outside Japan but at extremely low concentrations that do not present health or transportation safety hazards Full Story »

31/03/2011 One of three Information-sharing centres (ISCs) in Mombasa, envisaged by the Djibouti Code of Conduct, comissioned by IMO Secretary-General.  Full Story »

24/03/2011 IMO has issued a circular letter advising shipmasters to comply with the latest navigational warnings issued by the NAVAREA XI Coordinator (Japan), in the wake of damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Full Story »

23/03/2011 The European Commission, the European Investment Bank and IMO launch study under the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) on maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean.  Full Story »

21/03/2011 International flight and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major airports and sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami. Full Story »

08/03/2011 Expansion of the World-Wide Navigational Warning System (WWNWS) into Arctic waters celebrated at IMO.  Full Story »

03/03/2011 Complete search and rescue cover around Africa’s coast secured with signing, in the presence of representatives from Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal, of an ad-hoc multi-lateral co-operative agreement  Full Story »

03/03/2011 IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has reached out to seafarers in an open letter, distributed worldwide via shipping and seafarer organizations. Full Story »

01/03/2011 Representatives of countries that participate in the anti-piracy campaign off the coast of Somalia by making available naval assets and military aircraft and representatives of the shipping industry attended meeting at IMO.  Full Story »

21/02/2011 A meeting took place at IMO Headquarters on 17 February 2011 between IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and industry and seafarer representatives Full Story »

14/02/2011 Failure to implement fully the IMO guidance, including the industry-developed best management practices, significantly increases the risk of successful pirate attacks Full Story »

09/02/2011 IMO and the World Maritime University (WMU) have announced the appointment of Mr. Torben Skaanild as new Chairman of the Executive Board of the University Full Story »

04/02/2011 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoes call for urgent and coordinated response as IMO launches anti piracy action plan  Full Story »

29/01/2011 IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos met the Honourable Sheik Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in London Full Story »

28/01/2011 IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos met Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security Full Story »

27/01/2011 Mr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, visited the Organization’s Headquarters on Thursday 27 January Full Story »