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Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans

IMO is the United Nations' specialized agency responsible for safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.


Maritime Safety

IMO's work in developing international safety regulations and recommendations for shipping.

Maritime Security

Maritime security is an integral part of IMO's responsibilities. A comprehensive security regime for international shipping entered into force on 1 July 2004.

Marine Environment

IMO's work in developing international regulations and recommendations to prevent pollution of the seas by ships.

Legal Affairs

Information on Liability and compensation regimes developed by IMO and issues dealt with by IMO's Legal Committee.

Human Element

Focuses on the human side of shipping - the people involved in every aspect of ship safety and prevention of marine pollution, from seafarers to ship operators to port state control officers.

Facilitation

Information relating to IMO's work at the ship-port interface, including standardisation and harmonisation of procedures as well as security issues.

Technical Co-operation

Information on IMO's Technical Co-operation Programme which is designed to assist Governments which lack the technical knowledge and resources that are needed to operate a shipping industry successfully.

Conferences

The Conference Division is responsible for the co-ordination and servicing of all IMO Meetings in the six official languages of the Organization: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.