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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.​ 

BWM implementation workshop

29/07/2014 IMO’s Aicha Cherif is in Cartagena, Colombia, at IMO-GloBallast regional workshop (for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru) on strategy and action plan to implement the BWM Convention​ (29 July), to be followed by workshop on sampling of ballast water (30 July to 1 August), to include practical sampling training in the port of Cartagena. (Pic: Cartagena port, Nina Volare) 

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.