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Sec-Gen tours Gris-Nez search and rescue centre

17/09/2014 IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu was given an in-depth overview of the day-to-day activities at the Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in northern France, when he visited the centre (on 17 September) on the invitation of the French Government. The centre operates a continuous radio, telephone and satellite watch to handle incoming emergency alerts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 

Delivering as one on sea and air

15/09/2014 The 21st session of the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on Harmonization of Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue is meeting at IMO Headquarters in London (15 to 19 September). Items on the agenda include draft amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual. Participants will share experiences of search and rescue operations, techniques and procedures, including the SAR response to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. (Pic: USCG). The Joint Working Group was established in 1993 with the objective of assisting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IMO in developing provisions regarding new search and rescue techniques and procedures where both aeronautical and maritime interests are involved. Nearly 70 delegates from ICAO, IMO,  Member States and NGOs in consultative status are in attendance. ​​ 

Meeting on implementation in east Europe/west Asia

15/09/2014 IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu is opening the second meeting of heads of maritime administrations of Member States from east Europe and west Asia and a seminar on acceptance and implementation of IMO instruments, hosted by the Government of Bulgaria in Varna, Bulgaria (15 to 17 September). The primary objective of the meeting will be to identify and address barriers to ratification of IMO conventions for the region, as well as the obstacles that hinder progress towards widespread and effective implementation of related measures already agreed internationally or in place for the region. The meeting will also consider ways to promote and develop national and regional maritime policies. ​​​​ 

Making fast

12/09/2014  IMO’s Gaetano Librando is in Reggio Calabria, Italy, today (12 September) for a workshop on Sea-Land Integration of Mooring Services, organised by the International Boatmen’s Linesmen’s Association, part of the European Boatmen Association.​ 

Indonesia accedes to fouling and bunker treaties

11/09/2014 H.E. Mr Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to IMO, met today (11 September) IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu to present Indonesia's instruments of accession to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage

Focus on energy efficiency at India workshop

11/09/2014 Delegates from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka are attending an IMO Regional Workshop on MARPOL Annex VI Ship Energy Efficiency and Technology Transfer, hosted by the Indian Government’s Directorate General of Shipping, in Mumbai, India (10 to 12 September). The workshop includes comprehensive overview of the relevant IMO regulatory framework, discussions on alternative fuels; participating countries’ presentations on ship energy efficiency; Port State control and enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI; and capacity building and technology transfer.  

New Chilean Ambassador visits

11/09/2014 The new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to IMO, H.E. Mr. Rolando Drago, paid a courtesy call to IMO HQ today, and presented his letter of credentials to Secretary-General Sekimizu. Chile is a member of the 40-strong IMO Council. 

Opening up the books

11/09/2014 The IMO Publications team is in Hamburg this week (9-12 September) for SMM, one of the shipping industry’s major international trade shows. IMO has over 200 titles available in English, and many are translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. They can be found on ship’s bridges and in shipping company offices all over the world.  

IMO Sec-Gen highlights new challenges at ICS conference

10/09/2014 Domestic ferries, migrants and containership safety are among “new issues” highlighted by IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu in his keynote speech to the International Chamber of Shipping today (10 September). 

Students begin port operations and management course

10/09/2014 The 28th Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management, sponsored, amongst others, by IMO and the "Grand Port Maritime du Havre", was formally opened today (10 September) in Le Havre, France. The course, running until 10 October, is being delivered by the Institut Portuaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER), with 20 participants from around the world. ​​​​ 

Jordan boosts Ballast Water Convention

09/09/2014 The campaign for better implementation of IMO conventions received a boost today when H.E. Mr Mazen Al-Homoud, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UK, met IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu to deposit the instruments of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention. 

Cargoes and containers on agenda

08/09/2014 IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu has opened the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), 1st session (8 to 12 September), which is being chaired by Mr. Xie Hui of China. Topics on the agenda include: the development of the international code of safety for ships using gases or other low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code); drafting the next set of amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code; the classification of cargoes which hazardous to the marine environment; and the development of supplementary material to support the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). ​​