IMO Council supports initiative on keeping strategic shipping lanes open
Council - 92nd session: 21-25 June 2004
The IMO Council has strongly supported the Secretary-General's initiative to identify those shipping lanes of strategic importance and significance which may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks and to work with all concerned to ensure they are kept open under all circumstances, allowing the uninterrupted flow of traffic.
The Council, which met for its 92nd session from 21 to 25 June, authorized Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos to start consultations with users and littoral states on security matters and to report to Council at its next session (15-19 November 2004).
The IMO Secretariat has begun some research work to identify those shipping lanes which may be at risk of terrorist attacks with a view to working with others to act pro-actively in order to protect the interests of safety, security, the environment, seaborne trade and the world economy at large.
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