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In Focus



A new kid-friendly website has arrived at IMO. It includes a specially- commissioned animation showing how IMO works to protect the marine environment and the atmosphere.



50 years cooperation between government and industry to achieve a dramatic and sustained reduction in major oil spills from ships; to establish effective systems for preparedness and response if there is an incident and to create a comprehensive mechanism for providing compensation to those affected.



Do you know of a worthy recipient for the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea?



UN Sustainable Development Goals



The Polar Code provides for safe ship operation in polar waters and the protection of the polar environment. The Code addresses the unique risks present in polar waters that are not covered by other instruments and will enter into force on 1 January 2017.



Marine litter presents a huge problem in our oceans. But IMO and others have been taking action, by regulating the discharge of garbage from ships and supporting research work.



IMO continues to contribute to the global fight against climate change, and has adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from international shipping, under IMO’s pollution prevention treaty (MARPOL).



IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful and invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast water. Once the treaty enters into force, ships will be required to manage their ballast water so that any aquatic organisms and pathogens are removed or rendered harmless before the ballast water is released into a new location.



IMO’s contribution to the international community’s efforts to tackle unsafe, mixed migration by sea, which is placing hundreds of thousands of lives in danger every year.



The declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed container is critical to maritime safety. New SOLAS container mass verification requirements, which enter into force on 1 July 2016, aim to ensure that the mass declared is a true reflection of the gross mass of the packed container, in order to avoid injury, cargo damage, loss of containers, and so on.



The HNS Convention is the last piece in the puzzle needed to ensure that those who have suffered damage from the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by sea have access to a comprehensive and international liability and compensation regime.



IMO has adopted a comprehensive set of regulations covering passenger ship safety, which includes cruise ships as well as passenger ferries.



IMO’s global programme on the Integration of Women in Maritime Sector aims to improve the representation of women in the industry. IMO supports the establishment of regional associations for women in the maritime sector and encourages IMO Member States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women to train alongside men.



IMO responds to maritime security threats such as piracy by developing regulations and guidance through its Maritime Safety and Facilitation Committees and through extensive capacity-building work.