IMO Assembly meets for 23rd session
Places of refuge,
guidelines on ship recycling and the development of a model audit scheme are among
the important technical issues on the agenda for the 23rd Assembly of the International
Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency concerned with maritime safety
and security and the prevention of marine pollution from ships.
The Assembly, which
meets at IMO's London Headquarters from 24 November to 5 December 2003,
will also officially appoint a new Secretary-General, elect a new Council and
adopt the work programme and budget for the next biennium (2004-2005).
normally meets once every two years. All 163 Member States and three Associate
Members are entitled to attend as are the intergovernmental organizations with
which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and non-governmental organizations
which have consultative status with IMO.
will be preceded on Friday, 21 November by the 22nd extraordinary session of
the IMO Council.
tasks of the Assembly will be as follows:
the appointment of the Secretary-General
The Assembly will be invited to approve the appointment of Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos
(Greece) as the new IMO Secretary-General, as decided by the Council at its
90th session in June this year.
the new IMO Council
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly,
for supervising the work of the Organization. It is comprised of 40 Member States,
elected by the Assembly in three categories:
States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services.
(Currently China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea
Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.)
other States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.
(Currently Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India,
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden.)
States not elected under (a) or (b) above which have special interests in
maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will
ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world. (Currently
Australia, Bahamas, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya,
Indonesia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore,
South Africa, Turkey, Venezuela.)
sessions of the Assembly the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly,
except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and
pollution prevention or other matters concerning the effect of shipping on the
marine environment assigned to the Organization under international instruments.
the work programme and budget
The Assembly will consider with a view to approval the proposed budget for 2004-2005
and the related work programme for the Organization.
The IMO budget
for 2001-2003 was £39,531,100.
draft resolutions prepared by subordinate bodies
A number of draft resolutions have been submitted by the Maritime Safety Committee
(MSC), the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the Technical Co-operation
Committee and the Legal Committee for adoption by the Assembly.
will also consider for adoption any resolutions submitted by the Council's 22nd
submitted to the Assembly include those addressing the following subjects:
- Long-term work
plan of the Organization (up to 2010)
- IMO Model Audit
- Technical Co-operation
- Guidelines on
places of refuge for ships in need of assistance
- Maritime assistance
- Human element
vision, principles and goals for the Organization
- Amendments to
the principles of safe manning
on training and certification and operational procedures for maritime pilots
other than deep-sea pilots
- Worldwide radionavigation
- Improved guidelines
for marine portable fire extinguishers
- Proper use of
VHF channels at sea
- Graphical symbols
for shipboard fire control plans
- Provision of
- Wider acceptance
of the Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines,
- Revised survey
guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification
- Guidelines on
- Follow-up action
to UNCED and WSSD
- IMO policies
and practices related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships
Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 50th session
The meetings of the Assembly will be suspended for the Marine Environment Protection
Committee (MEPC) to hold its 50th session, on Monday, 1 and Thursday, 4 December.
The agenda for
the MEPC includes the consideration of draft amendments to the International
Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by
the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78).
The draft amendments
include a proposed accelerated phase-out scheme for single- hull tankers, along
with other measures including an extended application of the Condition Assessment
Scheme (CAS) for tankers and a proposal for a regulation banning the carriage
of Heavy Grades of Oil (HGO) in single-hull tankers.
IMO - the International
Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility
for the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
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