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Maldives set to join LRIT system

02/09/2014 IMO and the Transport Authority of the Maldives are running a national seminar (1-2 September) on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) in Male, Maldives. Opening the seminar, the Maldives Minister of Defence and National Security, Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, stated his country’s intention to join the LRIT system. SOLAS regulation V/19-1 establishes the obligation of certain ships to transmit LRIT information and the rights, duties and obligations of Contracting Governments and of search and rescue services with regard to LRIT.  

Supporting SIDS

IMO is participating in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (1 to 4 September) in Apia, Samoa. The conference is focusing on the sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships. Visit IMO supports SIDS in the field of maritime transport, including protection of the environment from the potential harmful effects of international shipping, through its comprehensive technical co-operation​ programme. 

GESAMP streaming ocean noise seminar

01/09/2014 IMO is joining its partner UN agencies for the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) 41st session (1 to 4 September) at World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Items on the agenda include: evaluation of hazards of harmful substances carried by ships; review of applications for “active substances‟ in ballast water management systems; scientific review of mercury and its compounds and threats to the marine environment; trends in global pollution in coastal environments; global assessment of micro-plastics in the environment. An open seminar​ on “Maritime activities and noise: Sources and Impacts” will be live-streamed on 3 September. ​ 

Secretary-General Visits Maritime Museum

29/08/2014 ​IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu visited the Royal Museums Greenwich (including the National Maritime Museum) London, where he discussed maritime heritage with the Director Dr. Kevin Fewster. Look at the  photos of his visit.  

South Pacific security training

27/08/2014 IMO’s Sascha Pristrom has led a regional maritime security workshop for South Pacific countries, in Suva, Fiji (25-27 August). Training covered port and ship security to assist States in coping with the security challenges posed by the region-wide increase in passenger ship calls and LNG-terminal capacity.​ ​​​​​​​ 

Teaching maritime security

20/08/2014 IMO’s Chris Trelawny, Deputy Director, Maritime Safety Division has given a visiting lecture on maritime security to students at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden (18-19 Aug).

Indonesia optimizes use of LRIT system

19/08/2014 A National seminar on long-range identification and tracking of ships (LRIT) is being conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia (19-20 Aug), led by IMO’s Javier Yasnikouski and Vijayan Nadarajah – in coordination with the Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transport Indonesia. More than 50 participants from different national agencies are attending the event with the view to enhancing the use of LRIT for maritime security, safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment and search and rescue of persons in distress at sea.  

Germany’s new Permanent Representative to IMO


His Excellency Dr. Peter Ammon, recently-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Court of St. James’s, and Permanent Representative of Germany to IMO, has presented his credentials to Secretary-General Sekimizu (August 18).


ISPS Code workshop held in Singapore


Tracy Peverett of IMO Maritime Security joined co-hosts Singapore Ministry of Transport and Singapore Maritime Port Authority at a special event from 12-15 August in Singapore to recognize the tenth anniversary of the ISPS Code, which came into force 1 July 2004.  An opening event with senior officials kicked off the four-day ISPS Code self-assessment and audit training workshop from 12-15 August, the aim of which was to train government officials from the designated authority and port facility security personnel on self assessment and audit techniques for port facilities. The workshop, jointly organized by IMO and the Asia Pacific Economic Community, included a practical exercise at a port facility, which was facilitated by Keppel Shipyard.


Women to the fore at WMU

12/08/2014 In a colourful ceremony held during its International Day celebrations (Aug 9th) IMO’s Malmö-based World Maritime University has established a women’s association (WMUWA). The purpose of the Association is to “connect, educate, and inspire women in the maritime industry and to promote female maritime professionals.” Membership is open to all current students at WMU as well as WMU alumni.​ 

Jewel gets high security

31/07/2014 ​A visit to the cruise ship “Jewel  of the Seas” and the St. John’s port facilities to experience IMO maritime security measures first-hand was a highlight of a seminar on surveillance, monitoring and communication systems for maritime security for Caribbean countries, hosted by IMO in Antigua and Barbuda (28 - 31 July). The Hon. S.C. Benjamin, Acting Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, opened the event, which was jointly organized by IMO and the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS). Tracy Peverett, Javier Yasnikouski and Sascha Pristrom led the event for IMO. Read more here.​ 

WISTA celebrates at IMO

31/07/2014 ​The UK branch of WISTA, the organisation for women working in the shipping industry, held its annual dinner at IMO Headquarters yesterday (July 30). Celebrating 40 years since its formation, WISTA UK counts naval architects, maritime lawyers, ship's engineers, insurance and sale-and-purchase brokers, claims adjusters and many others among its members. IMO’s Pamela Tansey spoke at the event, highlighting IMO’s work to further the cause of gender equality in shipping.​