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Press Briefings 2017


13/12/2017 Second phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh is set to begin in January. Full Story »

11/12/2017 The Assembly adopted strategic plan, including seven newly-identified strategic directions to support implementation of UN SDGS. Full Story »

04/12/2017 The network of MTCCS (in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific) is mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union. Full Story »

01/12/2017 Members of the IMO Council for the 2018-2019 biennium have been elected.  Full Story »

29/11/2017 Houston maritime pilots defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe. Full Story »

28/11/2017 Mr. Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of IMO, receives prestigious prize. Full Story »

27/11/2017 Climate change, digital disruption and sustainable development among key areas as IMO moves into new era. Full Story »

17/11/2017 Conference for oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation reviews progress under IMO-IPIECA project and sets future priorities.  Full Story »

06/11/2017 Port State control ship inspection regimes pledge to strengthen collaboration and information sharing to eliminate substandard ships.  Full Story »

30/10/2017 Meeting hosted by IMO brought together representatives of UN agencies, the maritime industry and European Union naval forces.  Full Story »

30/10/2017 IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships (2nd session). Full Story »

26/10/2017 Enhancing fishing vessel safety to prevent loss of life in one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Full Story »

23/10/2017 Solutions to address human-induced “Ocean Change” are needed to save life in the ocean.  Full Story »

05/10/2017 Connections between ships, ports and people highlighted at Panama's 2017 World Maritime Day Parallel Event. Full Story »

28/09/2017 International treaties can only become law when implemented into national legislation.  Full Story »

28/09/2017 Shipping and ports can play a significant role in creating conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through maritime trade. Full Story »

15/09/2017 Bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize. Full Story »

08/09/2017 Ballast Water Management Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. Full Story »

07/08/2017 GEF-UNDP-IMO project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species gets the go-ahead for preparation.  Full Story »

02/08/2017 Mr. Koji Sekimizu is to receive the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2016, for his contribution to the work of IMO.  Full Story »

01/08/2017 Two members of the Houston Pilots in the United States are to receive the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Full Story »

11/07/2017 IMO progresses its environmental agenda at the recent meeting of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71).  Full Story »

29/06/2017 Leading shipowners/operators, class societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, data providers and oil companies sign up to Global Industry Alliance to support shipping towards a low carbon future.  Full Story »

16/05/2017 A new IMO film shows how the IMO Polar Code supports safe and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic waters. Full Story »

15/05/2017 Pacific Community (SPC) selected to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for Pacific region in collaboration with Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).  Full Story »

26/04/2017 UMIP selected to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for Latin America region, under project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Full Story »

21/04/2017 Norway is first country to become a Contracting State to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. Full Story »

27/03/2017 Decade-long GloBallast project to promote implementation of international treaty to stem transfer of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water concludes as ballast water management convention nears entry into force. Full Story »

15/03/2017 Shipping industry urged to apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks, in wake of hijack of Aris 13, off Puntland, Somalia. Full Story »

01/03/2017 Successful completion of the first phase of a project aimed at improving safety and environmental standards within Bangladesh's ship-recycling industry. Full Story »

03/02/2017 Kenya's JKUAT to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for Africa region, under ambitious IMO-European Union project, to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.  Full Story »

18/01/2017 World Maritime Day 2017: Connecting ships, ports and people. Full Story »

18/01/2017 New obligations under MLC 2006 require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability. Full Story »

17/01/2017 Exhibition charts 50 years of Government and industry working together to address risk of oil pollution from ships. Full Story »

13/01/2017 Jeddah Amendment to Djibouti Code of Conduct widens scope to human trafficking, IUU fishing and other illicit maritime activities.  Full Story »

09/01/2017 Including international shipping in European system could undermine global efforts. Full Story »

01/01/2017 The mandatory Polar Code, for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, enters into force on 1 January 2017. Full Story »

01/01/2017 Mandatory IGF Code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships.  Full Story »