IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos today met Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, to discuss issues surrounding security in the global supply chain. Mr. Mitropoulos and Ms. Napolitano discussed partnership arrangements involving IMO, the World Customs Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization to improve security in the transport system.
IMO has long been active in developing an international approach to shipping security. Its work in this sphere gained extra impetus following the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, which prompted the development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, setting out the requirements for ships and port facilities with respect to the security and facilitation of the movement of goods by sea, including the transportation of goods by closed cargo transport units and freight containers – an issue which IMO pursues in co-operation with the World Customs Organization. In 2005, IMO revised and updated the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation and its associated Protocol, and the adopted Protocols came into force in July 2010.
In the context of securing the global supply chain, Secretary-General Mitropoulos outlined IMO’s action plan to address the threat of piracy to vital shipping lanes, such as the Gulf of Aden. Secretary Napolitano assured Secretary-General Mitropoulos of the United States’s ongoing support for the initiative of IMO in this regard.
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
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