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Navigating the poles

28/07/2014  IMO’s Lee Adamson explains why IMO is developing a new mandatory code for ships operating in polar waters, in a UN Radio interview. Listen to the interview here​. (Pic: UN Photo/Mark Garten) ​ 

Flag-Port WACAF gets underway

24/07/2014 The first event in the IMO/EU/ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) project to support flag and port states in west and central Africa (Flag-Port WACAF)​ is underway in Lagos, Nigeria (21 - 30 July). The combined training and needs-assessment activity on flag State implementation, port State control and maritime legislation is designed to help Nigeria prepare for the IMO audit scheme among other capacity building objectives. Mrs Mfon Ekong-Usoro, Sec-Gen-Abuja MoU and partner in the Project, delivered the key note address while Captain Dallas Laryea, IMO’s Regional Coordinator, read IMO-Sec-Gen’s goodwill message. 

IMO at African Ministers conference

17/07/2014 IMO’s Juvenal Shiundu is attending the Seventh Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Integration, Ezulwini, Swaziland (17-18 July), providing an opportunity to highlight IMO’s contribution to the African Union (AU) 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy​ which feeds into the wider African Union 2063 Agenda.  

FSA training day at III

17/07/2014 III Sub-Committee delegates today (17 July) attending one-day formal safety assessment (FSA) training course, imparted by International Association of Classification Societies (IACS​).  

PSSAs in South East Asian Seas

15/07/2014 IMO’s Ed Kleverlaan in Manila for First Regional Meeting (14-16 July), under IMO-NORAD Cooperation Agreement, on Prevention of Pollution from Ships through adoption of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in South East Asian Seas; to assist Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam to prepare PSSA designation proposals.  

Navigating the way

14/07/2014 IMO Sec-Gen discussed current and future navigation issues, including e-navigation, on a visit to Trinity House Depot, Harwich (9 July). ​Read the blog post here​.  

III meets for 1st session

14/07/2014 IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu has opened the first session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III), (14-18 July), which is being chaired by Captain Dwain Hutchinson (Bahamas). Items on the agenda include casualty analysis, harmonization of port State control activities and review of the GlobalReg standards.  

Transport challenges facing SIDS

14/07/2014 IMO’s Ivaylo Valev attended the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Addressing the Transport and Trade Logistics Challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), at UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland (11 July), ahead of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in Samoa in September.  

Photos beyond the horizon

10/07/2014 ​IMO is hosting an exhibition of candid snapshots capturing the oceans’ wild beauty, bustling port scenes and village life, as witnessed by seafarers.  The exhibition has toured 15 countries and is on loan from a Japanese seafarers’ group Hato-kai.  

Ballast systems stocktake

08/07/2014 The GESAMP - Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) 29th session meets (8 July) to evaluate a proposal for another ballast water management system, followed by sixth Stocktaking Workshop (9 to 11 July). ​​​​ 

At large in Italy

IMO Sec-Gen blogs from Italy ​and expresses the need for further action by the international community, including IMO, to deal with the issue of l​arge numbers of migrants crossing seas and oceans aboard small craft.

Recycling treaty ratified

France today (2 July) became the third State to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships​, 2009 (following the Congo and Norway).