Press Briefings 2012


06/12/2012 MSC 91 agrees passenger ship measures; and adopts SOLAS amendments, including new mandatory requirement for new ships to be constructed to reduce on-board noise and to protect personnel from noise Full Story »

03/12/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu is to visit Chile this week and will take the opportunity to highlight a number of important issues on the Organization’s current agenda  Full Story »

03/12/2012 IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) agreed that rules to require passenger safety drills to take place prior to, or immediately upon, departure should be made mandatory, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident.  Full Story »

28/11/2012 Mr. E.E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General Emeritus of IMO, Secretary-General of IMO from 2004 to 2011, has been awarded the International Maritime Prize; his portrait was also unveiled Full Story »

27/11/2012 Canadian and Chilean rescuers presented with IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2012 during a special ceremony Full Story »

21/11/2012 IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 91st session from 26 to 30 November 2012.  Full Story »

14/11/2012 The IMO Council, meeting for its 109th session in London has endorsed, in principle, a restructuring of IMO's Sub-Committees Full Story »

08/11/2012 An Action Plan to address key concerns surrounding safety of domestic ferries in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) has been adopted by a forum organized by IMO, held in Suva, Fiji, (30 October to 2 November 2012)  Full Story »

02/11/2012 Parties to international treaties which regulate dumping of wastes and other matter at sea issue statement of concern regarding reported ocean fertilization activity off west coast of Canada.  Full Story »

25/10/2012 The use of the world’s oceans as a dumping ground for harmful wastes has been systematically regulated and reduced under an international convention that celebrates 40 years since first adopted. Full Story »

19/10/2012 The Kingdom of Bahrain has hosted the 2012 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event focusing on World Maritime Day theme: "IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”  Full Story »

11/10/2012 diplomatic conference adopts “Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977” Full Story »

09/10/2012 Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, designated as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA); MEPC 64 also discussed matters relating to energy-efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling Full Story »

09/10/2012 A diplomatic conference to consider a new agreement aimed at implementing the provisions of an international treaty on fishing vessel safety has opened in Cape Town, South Africa Full Story »

08/10/2012 Diplomatic conference expected to consider and adopt an agreement on the implementation of the provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels Full Story »

28/09/2012 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 (STCW-F 1995) enters into force on 29 September 2012 Full Story »

27/09/2012 World Maritime Day theme "IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”, chosen by IMO to reflect on the safety of passenger shipping today, and into the future, on the centenary anniversary of the Titanic disaster  Full Story »

27/09/2012 Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO meets for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London Full Story »

18/09/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu encourages IALA and VTS operators to undertake an initiative to count, and publicise, the number of consecutive accident-free days  Full Story »

18/09/2012 Ceremony marks completion of the installation of an integrated radar and automatic identification system (AIS) coastal surveillance system in Tanzania  Full Story »

13/09/2012 The manufacturers of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems) equipment are to publish information on the latest versions of the software used to operate their equipment  Full Story »

12/09/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu calls on governments and the shipping industry to take prompt and decisive action on a number of key issues Full Story »

28/08/2012 Republic of Indonesia has acceded to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), Annexes III, IV, V and VI, and International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention).  Full Story »

21/08/2012 IMO welcomes landmark ratifications of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Maritime Labour Convention, which will bring the treaty into force in 12 months’ time Full Story »

08/08/2012 From August 11 to 12, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu will be among the high-level attendees as the Expo 2012 World Fair in Yeosu, Korea, nears its close.  Full Story »

06/08/2012 The Republic of Indonesia has formally notified IMO of its intention to ratify the International Convention for  Full Story »

03/08/2012 Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) Information Technology System for the Straits of Malacca and Singapore is handed over to the Government of Indonesia in a formal ceremony in Batam, Indonesia Full Story »

31/07/2012 North American Emission Control Area (ECA), under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), comes into effect from 1 August 2012 Full Story »

06/07/2012 Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (Djibouti Code of Conduct) signed by Mozambique Full Story »

03/07/2012 Amendments to SOLAS to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) came into force on 1 July 2012 Full Story »

25/06/2012 On 25 June 2012, the international Day of the Seafarer, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is asking people around the world to use social networks to highlight just how important seafarers are to everyone on the planet Full Story »

22/06/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu presents vision at Pres panel discussion on “Sustainable Maritime Development - Contribution of Maritime Transport to Green Growth and Inclusive Development”, at Rio+20 Full Story »

18/06/2012 International Maritime Prize for 2011 to go to Mr. E.E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General Emeritus of IMO, Secretary-General of the Organization from 2004 to 2011 Full Story »

18/06/2012 World Maritime Day theme for 2013 chosen in order to focus IMO’s efforts during 2013 on the commitments to be made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to be held from 20 to 22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Full Story »

15/06/2012 The 2012 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will go to members of rescue crews from Canada and Chile for their actions in saving the lives of persons in distress at sea. Full Story »

14/06/2012 IMO signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to support IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme capacity-building activities  Full Story »

31/05/2012 Piracy, passenger ship safety and adoption of SOLAS amendments among agenda items concluded at MSC 90  Full Story »

25/05/2012 Interim guidance to private maritime security companies (PMSCs) was agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 90) Full Story »

25/05/2012 Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 90) Full Story »

18/05/2012 MSC 90 high-level segment, convened to discuss policy matters related to arms on board ships in the piracy high risk area, requests working group to develop interim guidance for private maritime security companies (PMSCs).  Full Story »

17/05/2012 IMO signs five strategic partnerships with a number of UN agencies and the EU, following Conference on Capacity Building to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia Full Story »

15/05/2012 Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (Djibouti Code of Conduct) signed on behalf of South Africa, the19th State to sign  Full Story »

09/05/2012 Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets for 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012.  Full Story »

19/04/2012 Amendments to increase the limits of liability in the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims adopted by IMO's Legal Committee  Full Story »

12/04/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu issues video message ahead of the anniversary on Saturday (14 April) of the sinking of the Titanic Full Story »

14/03/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu reiterates IMO’s readiness to respond to any request from Bangladesh for assistance for technical co-operation after Shariatpur-1 sinking Full Story »

05/03/2012 Guidelines to support uniform implementation of mandatory measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from international shipping adopted by Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)  Full Story »

24/02/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu welcomes outcome of London Somalia Conference, which discussed a wide-ranging examination of the many problems currently afflicting Somalia, including piracy Full Story »

22/02/2012 Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping among key items on agenda of MEPC 63, 27 February to 2 March 2012 Full Story »

09/02/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu holds wide-ranging talks in Manila with Philippines’ President Benigno S. Aquino III, and Secretaries for Foreign Affairs, Transport and Communication, and Labour and Employment Full Story »

03/02/2012 IMO Secretary General has extended sincere condolences toall those who have been caught up in the MV Rabaul Queen sinking in Papua New Guinea Full Story »

30/01/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu says IMO is right international body to deal with safety of passenger ships and a safety review after Costa Concordia accident  Full Story »

23/01/2012 IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu met Secretary-General Ban and discussed matters related to IMO’s work to combat Somalia-based piracy. Full Story »

16/01/2012 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has expressed his condolences and sympathy for all those caught up in tragic accidents involving ships over the weekend. Full Story »

03/01/2012 After taking office on 1 January 2012, the IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu today announced a number of changes in the structure of the IMO Secretariat. Full Story »