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31/07/2020 Third phase of an IMO-implemented SENSREC project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been given the go-ahead. Full Story »

09/07/2020 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomes commitment of 13 countries to facilitate crew changes and recognise seafarers as key workers, following virtual ministerial summit hosted by UK Government. Full Story »

06/07/2020 Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic have been issued. Full Story »

24/06/2020 The 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic: the seafarers who continue to carry essential goods despite facing tremendous challenges, including being stranded on board.  Full Story »

09/06/2020 IMO and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reiterate calls for crew changeovers and keyworker designation for seafarers to keep trade flowing.  Full Story »

08/06/2020 A ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been launched to tackle two of the most pressing environmental issues of our time – invasive species and greenhouse gas emissions. Full Story »

08/06/2020 On World Oceans Day, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO) invites a celebration of the majesty, beauty and sheer wonder of our oceans and the ships that ply their trade on them.  Full Story »

27/05/2020 IMO, ICAO, ILO plea for urgent action on crew changes and for keyworker designation so that sea and air workers can be relieved and repatriated in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Story »

07/05/2020 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim endorses a series of protocols designed to address crew change issues during pandemic. Full Story »

30/04/2020 The next regular session of the IMO Council has been postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but work has begun to prepare for a revised meeting programme.  Full Story »

21/04/2020 You are not forgotten,” says IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim in a personal message to seafarers everywhere, assuring them that IMO understands the unique problems they face during the coronavirus pandemic and is working tirelessly to find solutions.  Full Story »

17/04/2020 Heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) urge coordinated and proactive approach to maintaining the integrity of the global supply chain. Full Story »

10/04/2020 Port State control regimes which carry out inspections onboard ships met with IMO and highlighted their commitment to safe shipping during COVID-19 pandemic.  Full Story »

02/04/2020 IMO has decided to postpone a number of meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Full Story »

01/04/2020 IMO echoes shipping industry calls for governments to keep shipping and supply chains open and grant special travel exemptions to seafarers in COVID-19 pandemic. Full Story »

19/03/2020 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim stresses vital need to maintain commerce by sea and protect seafarers' welfare in face of coronavirus shut down. Full Story »

06/03/2020 IMO's gender programme is launching a photo search to build a bank of images of women in maritime. Full Story »

02/03/2020 MARPOL amendment prohibits carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship - unless the ship has an approved exhaust gas cleaning system ("scrubber") fitted.  Full Story »

28/02/2020 Partnerships and Projects department will focus on key global issues for international shipping, including decarbonization, marine plastic litter and biofouling. Full Story »

21/01/2020 Information from various sources has indicated a relatively smooth transition to the 0.50% sulphur limit. Prices for compliant fuels - very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO) rose quickly initially but now appear to be stabilizing. Full Story »

20/12/2019 Global limit on sulphur in ships' fuel oil reduced from 01 January 2020. Full Story »

20/12/2019 A set of important amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and various codes enter into force on 1 January 2020.  Full Story »

05/12/2019 IMO-FAO GloLitter Partnerships Project, with initial funding for the project is from the Government of Norway, aims to help shipping and fisheries move to a low-plastics future.  Full Story »

05/12/2019 The IMO Assembly adopted a resolution on "Preserving the Legacy of the World Maritime Theme for 2019 and achieving a Barrier-Free Working Environment for Women in the Maritime Sector". Full Story »

29/11/2019 The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the Members of its Council for the 2020-2021 biennium. Full Story »

28/11/2019 India, one of the world's five major ship recycling countries, accedes to IMO Hong Kong Convention, the treaty that will set global standards for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling.  Full Story »

26/11/2019 International Maritime Prize for 2018 presented to Mr. Joseph J. Angelo, former USCG and INTERTANKO senior executive who participated in IMO meetings for many years. Full Story »

26/11/2019 Petty Officer Michael Kelly, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard, received the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during this year’s IMO Awards ceremony.  Full Story »

26/11/2019 The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim, has opened the Organization's 31st Assembly session, calling for concrete action to address climate change and other challenges. Full Story »

25/11/2019 IMO-hosted roundtable meeting reviews readiness for the “IMO 2020” requirements for ships to cut sulphur oxide emissions - which enter into effect in just over one month’s time.  Full Story »

15/11/2019 IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships pushes forward with work to help achieve the ambitious targets set out in the initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Full Story »

23/10/2019 Global regime to create much-needed safety standards for fishing vessels moves a significant step closer. Full Story »

18/10/2019 Member States and industry stakeholders outline their readiness - and highlight challenges - for sulphur 2020 implementation.  Full Story »

17/10/2019 The GMN global network of maritime technology cooperation centres has completed numerous pilot projects over the past three years, helping to drive forward the changes which are required to reduce GHG emissions from shipping. Full Story »

14/10/2019 Resolution will allow provisional application of an amendment to allow sub-seabed geological formations for CO2 sequestration projects to be shared across national boundaries. Full Story »

14/10/2019 Amendments to Ballast Water Management Convention entered into force on 13 October 2019.  Full Story »

26/09/2019 IMO is inviting the entire maritime world to highlight and showcase their commitment to empowering women in the maritime community to support SDG 5 on gender equality. Full Story »

19/09/2019 "Shipping must draw talent from every corner of the globe and every sector of the population to ensure its own sustainability." Full Story »

23/07/2019 Petty Officer Michael Kelly, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard, will receive the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Full Story »

23/07/2019 The "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet" theme will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the UN SDGs and showcase the work that IMO and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets. Full Story »

22/07/2019 International Maritime Prize for 2018 to be awarded to Mr. Joseph J. Angelo, former USCG and INTERTANKO senior executive who participated in IMO meetings for many years.  Full Story »

18/07/2019 ​The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has condemned recent attacks on commercial shipping. Full Story »

02/07/2019 A new IMO film shows how IMO's Women in Maritime programme is helping to support gender diversity in the maritime sector. Full Story »

27/06/2019 With less than six months until new requirements for ships to cut sulphur oxide emissions enter into effect, IMO and industry stakeholders met to review progress towards implementation.  Full Story »

24/06/2019 On 25 June, IMO calls on everyone in the maritime world and beyond to get on board with this year's theme of gender equality and declare their support, with #IAmOnBoard.  Full Story »

20/05/2019 Amendments approved to strengthen existing mandatory requirements for new ships to be more energy efficient. Full Story »

20/05/2019 Comprehensive set of guidance and guidelines to support the consistent implementation of 2020 sulphur limit agreed. Full Story »

15/05/2019 A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change. Full Story »

13/05/2019 GreenVoyage-2050 project will initiate and promote global efforts to demonstrate and test technical solutions for reducing GHG emissions from shipping, enhancing knowledge and information sharing to support the IMO GHG reduction strategy. Full Story »

11/04/2019 ​A successful IMO project promoted by Norway to establish a maritime "single window" in Antigua and Barbuda has been completed – and the source code for the system will now be made available to other countries who need it. Full Story »

08/04/2019 ​A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into effect from 8 April 2019. Full Story »

22/03/2019 Major five-year project to help protect marine biodiversity holds global workshop to start its work to address biofouling. Full Story »

12/03/2019 New United Nations GESAMP report reviews wide range of proposed marine geoengineering techniques.  Full Story »

07/02/2019 Spain is latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety. Full Story »

06/02/2019 IMO launches new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support UN SDG Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.  Full Story »

07/01/2019 MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2019. Also, IMSBC Code amendments entered into force.  Full Story »