IMO launches Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility
for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution
by ships, has launched a new award for exceptional bravery at sea.
will, uniquely, provide international recognition for those who, at the risk
of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding
courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate
damage to the marine environment.
At its 96th
session in June, the IMO Council gave the formal go-ahead for the Award, approving
guidelines for the process of selecting the winner. Nominations are now being
invited for the 2007 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
are expected to focus on such factors as location of the incident; prevailing
weather conditions; skill displayed; leadership demonstrated; determination
to conduct the rescue operation; exceptional courage demonstrated; and degree
of risk (to human lives and/or the marine environment) involved. The Award may
also be granted posthumously.
for the Award may be made, with a deadline of 15 April 2007, by United Nations
Member States; intergovernmental organizations; and non-governmental international
organizations in consultative status with IMO.
will be scrutinized initially by an assessment panel made up of members of non-governmental
organizations in consultative status with IMO* who will serve in their personal
and expert capacity and not as representatives of the organization nominating
them. A panel of judges will select the winner from the shortlist provided by
the assessment panel.
of the Award will be presented with a medal, which will be accompanied by a
certificate citing the act of exceptional bravery performed, at a special ceremony
to be held, in London or elsewhere, on the occasion of World Maritime Day or
another major IMO occasion.
26, 21 July 2006
* The International Shipping Federation Limited (ISF); the International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU); the International Maritime Pilots' Association
(IMPA); the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA); the
International Salvage Union (ISU); the International Lifeboat Federation (ILF);
and the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA). Where the circumstances
of a nomination involve marine environmental protection, an expert nominated
by relevant NGOs will also be included in the Panel.
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