Tokyo Ministerial Conference on International Transport Security pays tribute to IMO measures
IMO measures adopted to enhance maritime security have greatly contributed to strengthening international maritime security, transport Ministers and officials from 14 countries have agreed.
The Ministerial Statement on Security in the International Maritime Transport Sector adopted by the Ministerial Conference on International Transport Security, Tokyo (held from 12 to 13 January 2006), welcomed and supported the vigorous maritime security activities undertaken by relevant international organizations, particularly, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).
The statement stressed the importance of ensuring continued compliance with the provisions of chapter XI-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (1974 SOLAS Convention) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), which were adopted under the auspices of IMO in December 2002 and entered into force in July 2004.
The statement also welcomed the adoption, under the auspices of IMO in October 2005, of the Protocol of 2005 to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 and the Protocol of 2005 to the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, 1988.
A continuing high priority must be given to addressing vulnerabilities in international maritime transport by promoting further enhancement of international maritime security, bearing in mind the significance of ensuring the efficient and legitimate flow of people and goods, the statement said.
The Ministers noted, with satisfaction, the adoption in September 2005 of the Jakarta Statement on Enhancement of Safety, Security and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (the Jakarta Statement), and in particular the agreement that a mechanism be established by the three littoral States to meet on a regular basis with user States, the shipping industry and others with an interest in keeping the Straits of Malacca and Singapore open for navigation.
The Ministerial Conference invited IMO to undertake further work in relation to enhancing maritime security, including:
Also participating was Mr. Nicolaos Charalambous, Head of IMO's Maritime Security Section.
Transport Ministers from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States of America participated in the Conference.
- the International Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized
agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention
of marine pollution by ships.