IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu has opened the Facilitation Committee (FAL), 39th session (22 to 29 September), which is being chaired by Mr. Yury Melenas (Russian Federation). Topics on the agenda include: review of the FAL Convention; electronic access to, or electronic versions of, certificates and documents; matters related to stowaways; and training of mooring personnel.
Langkawi in Malaysia is the venue this week for a series of meetings related to the Co-operative Mechanism
on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (22-24 September). Ashok Mahapatra is in attendance for IMO. (Pic: Co-operative Mechanism)
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.