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15/04/2014 The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  Full Story »

10/04/2014 IMO and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh agree to work together to improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry. Full Story »

07/04/2014 MEPC 66 adopted amendments to the MARPOL Convention to set a date for the implementation of “Tier III” standards within emission control areas (ECAs) and to make the IMO Member State Audit Scheme mandatory. Full Story »

01/04/2014 IMO Regional Seminar on Stowaways in West and Central Africa: Analysis of the current situation and measures to reduce their number held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.  Full Story »

26/03/2014 Items on MEPC agenda include proposed MARPOL amendments to make audit scheme mandatory; review of draft Polar Code; and implementation of energy-efficiency regulations and the Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling Conventions. Full Story »

18/03/2014 EU funds €1.2 million grant contract, signed by IMO and the ACP, to enhance flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central Africa. Full Story »

17/03/2014 Government of Japan contributes US$1.0 million to IMO West and Central Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund. Full Story »

25/02/2014 Guidance on certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties agreed.  Full Story »

21/01/2014 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has outlined some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization will face this year.  Full Story »

21/01/2014 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched the World Maritime Day theme, expressing hope that the year would see genuine progress towards effective and global implementation of all IMO conventions. Full Story »

03/01/2014 IMO audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations, following the receipt of requests for verification.  Full Story »

02/01/2014 A number of amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol entered into force or took effect from 1 January 2014.  Full Story »