Archive - 1999 Press Briefings
press briefings issued in 1999

International Lifeboat Federation receives International Maritime Prize for 1998 - 28/9/1999
The International Lifeboat Federation (ILF) has been presented with the International Maritime Prize for 1998 by Mr. William A. O’Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization

Enormous changes lie ahead for world shipping, says IMO Secretary-General - 27/9/1999
The changes that lie ahead of shipping in the new millennium are enormous, said Mr. William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization in his annual World Maritime Day message.

NorthWest European waters "special area" effective 1 August 1999 - 1/8/1999
Discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any oil tanker (regardless of tonnage) and any other ship over 400 gross tonnage will be prohibited in the North West European waters from 1 August 1999, under the 1997 amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL 73/78).

MEPC requests Anti-fouling Systems Conference in 2000-2001 - 2/7/1999
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization has decided to propose to the IMO Council in November the holding of a Conference in the 2000﷓2001 biennium to adopt a legal instrument to regulate the use of shipboard anti﷓fouling systems, in particular to phase out those containing organotins such as tributyltin (TBT).

New IMO bulk carrier regulations enter into force on 1 July 1999 - 1/7/1999
A new chapter of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, on bulk carrier safety enters into force on 1 July 1999. A number of other amendments to SOLAS also enter into force on the same day.

INF Code to become mandatory - 3/6/1999
The International Code for the Safe Carriage of Packaged Irradiated Nuclear Fuel, Plutonium and High-Level Radioactive Wastes on Board Ships (INF Code) is expected to become mandatory from 1 January 2001, following the adoption of regulations by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

Combatting piracy and armed robbery against ships - call for international Code - 13/5/1999
Governments need to intensify their efforts to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships and IMO should consider developing an international code for the investigation of piracy and armed robbery against ships and recommending an appropriate punishment for the crime.

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