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Press Briefings 2013


04/12/2013 IMO Assembly completes its 28th session; adopts audit scheme, budget, strategic plan and other important resolutions Full Story »

29/11/2013 The IMO Assembly has elected 40 States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium  Full Story »

26/11/2013 American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony  Full Story »

26/11/2013 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu on Monday (26 November) opened the 28th session of the Organization’s highest governing body, the Assembly  Full Story »

22/11/2013  International Maritime Prize for 2012 presented to Dr. Thomas A. Mensah (Ghana) during ceremony at IMO Headquarters Full Story »

19/11/2013 28th IMO Assembly expected to adopt key resolutions and amendments relating to the Organization’s mandatory audit scheme Full Story »

23/10/2013 IMO’s Working Group on Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals agrees to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X for carriage by ship, prohibiting the discharge of cargo residues  Full Story »

23/10/2013 Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) will be held 4 to 8 November, in Swakopmund, Namibia, jointly organized by IMO, IPIECA and Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia Full Story »

22/10/2013 Formal group of organizations involved in testing for the certification of ballast water treatment systems has been set up, known as the “GloBal TestNet”  Full Story »

18/10/2013 Marine geoengineering, including ocean fertilization, to be regulated under amendments to the 1996 London Protocol  Full Story »

07/10/2013 Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, has expressed deep shock at the heavy loss of life in the incident off the Italian island of Lampedusa  Full Story »

03/10/2013 Peru has hosted the 2013 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event, on 2 and 3 October 2013 Full Story »

01/10/2013 31 October deadline to provide input to IMO on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instrument.  Full Story »

27/09/2013 IMO symposium on world Maritime Day (26 September 2013), provided an opportunity for a discussion on a global agenda for a sustainable maritime transportation system Full Story »

26/09/2013 Maritime transport is central to sustainable development, as the world's only really reliable, global, cost-effective and energy-efficient mass transportation method, says IMO Secretary-General Full Story »

16/09/2013 IMO to host one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, on 26 September 2013, World Maritime Day Full Story »

20/08/2013 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu today (20 August) welcomed the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a sister UN agency to IMO. Full Story »

12/08/2013 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu departs later this week (Thursday 15 August) on a 5-day Arctic sea voyage as part of a fact-finding mission to the region Full Story »

29/07/2013 International experts have met in London to review the growing problems in the marine environment caused by micro-plastics  Full Story »

25/07/2013 More than 60 participants from Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) States joined international experts for a seminar on maritime and port security Full Story »

22/07/2013 IMO Council endorses proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” as World Maritime Day theme for 2014 Full Story »

22/07/2013 2013 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to go to two rescue swimmers for saving 14 crew from HMS Bounty, and, posthumously, to Chinese seafarer who died trying to save life of ferry passenger.  Full Story »

22/07/2013 International Maritime Prize for 2012 to go to Dr. Thomas A. Mensah of Ghana, former ITLOS President and former Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at IMO Full Story »

22/07/2013 IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of IMO, has died in Italy, aged 93. Full Story »

16/07/2013 Norway is first State to sign the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977  Full Story »

11/07/2013 IMO special event held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden Full Story »

09/07/2013 Heads of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have met in London to discuss supply chain security Full Story »

03/07/2013 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu met with the new Chairman of IACS Full Story »

01/07/2013 IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 92nd session from 12 to 21 June 2013. Full Story »

01/07/2013 A restructuring of IMO’s Sub-Committees has been agreed Full Story »

26/06/2013 IMO Secretary-General welcome signature by 22 States of Code of Conduct concerning the prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in West and Central Africa. Full Story »

26/06/2013 Kingdom of Norway is first contracting State to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009  Full Story »

24/06/2013 On Day of the Seafarer, Faces of the Sea campaign aims to highlight the individuals that are often unseen, but who work to deliver more than 90% of the world’s goods Full Story »

18/06/2013 IMO Symposium on Future of Ship Safety recommended that IMO carries out a full review of the existing regulatory regime, in order to meet future needs and expectations. Full Story »

03/06/2013 IMO is to host a wide-ranging symposium on ship safety in the future.  Full Story »

03/06/2013 MSC expected to adopt amendments to SOLAS relating to passenger drills; discuss preliminary recommendations arising from the Costa Concordia incident; and consider matters related to piracy and armed robbery against ships and other items  Full Story »

21/05/2013 Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met for its 65th session from 13 to 17 May 2013 Full Story »

17/05/2013 Interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA)launched at IMO Headquarters and online at  Full Story »

16/05/2013 GloBallast Partnerships Project, which assists developing countries and maritime industries for implementation of international regulations on ballast water management to prevent spread of alien invasive species, wins “Best Innovative Project” award  Full Story »

09/05/2013 Items on MEPC 65 agenda, 13 to 17 May 2013, include the implementation of energy-efficiency regulations and the ballast water management and ship-recycling treaties Full Story »

07/05/2013 International Maritime Organization seeks widespread input on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments, through public consultation beginning 7 May 2013.  Full Story »

25/04/2013 Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises limits of liability for death of, or personal injury to, passenger on a ship, set to enter into force on 23 April 2014 Full Story »

22/04/2013 Draft guidelines on preservation and collection of evidence following allegation of serious crime on board ship, or following report of missing person from a ship, and on pastoral and medical care of victims, approved  Full Story »

22/04/2013 Prominent speakers reflected on some of the complex legal issues that have been addressed by IMO, at a special event to mark the 100th session of the IMO Legal Committee Full Story »

19/04/2013 New IMO film promoting the role of women in the maritime sector has been launched during a conference on the Development of a Global Stategy for Women Seafarers Full Story »

21/03/2013 IMO and IPIECA launch a new Global Initiative (GI) programme aimed at improving the oil spill preparedness and response capabilities in south east Asia Full Story »

21/03/2013 IMO Secretary-General pledges support to assist in implementation of new Code of Conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa  Full Story »

05/03/2013 Work to update GHG emissions estimate for international shipping moved forward during an Expert Workshop attended by more than one hundred participants; final study is expected to be delivered in 2014  Full Story »

25/02/2013 International experts meet at IMO HQ this week, in the form of an Expert Workshop, to begin work on updating the inventory of greenhouse gases from international shipping Full Story »

17/01/2013 No room for complacency with regards to piracy; sustained and full implementation of relevant IMO guidance and industry-developed Best Management Practices is needed Full Story »

09/01/2013 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu launches World Maritime Day theme, calling on Governments and shipping industry to support formulation of sustainable maritime development goals.  Full Story »

08/01/2013 Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu tells FP delegates his vision that halving lives lost at sea and eradicating pirate attacks, as well as ensuring the release of all hostages, can, and should, be legitimate targets, for IMO and shipping  Full Story »

02/01/2013 MARPOL amendments on energy efficiency, emissions, garbage and sewage enter into force  Full Story »

02/01/2013 Amendments to SOLAS aimed at preventing accidents during lifeboat launching entered into force on 1 January 2013. Full Story »