A ground breaking event took place in Alexandria, Egypt (15-19 October) when 30 women from nine Arab countries officially launched The Arab Association for Women in the Maritime Sector (AWIMA). The new network joins the IMO family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector.
Ships’ surveyors, harbourmasters, marine engineers and maritime lawyers, to name a few, came together at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) to set a framework for the new network. The goal is to provide training and knowledge-sharing to facilitate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Female cadets studying at the AASTMT also joined the opening ceremony to demonstrate the changes taking place in the industry and to encourage other young women to join the maritime sector, which offers the many benefits of a maritime career, particularly in seafaring careers.
An IMO workshop
has provided training for Tunisian port security officials to design and
undertake drills and exercises in ports. The training course (10-13 October)
helped to reinforce and improve existing security measures in the country by
training participants to conduct drills and exercises in line with the
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS
Code) and recommendations in the APEC
Manual of Maritime Security Drills and
Exercises for Port Facilities.
Activities included live simulation exercises
in which participants were assigned various roles, including responders to
occurring events and as controllers of incidents, as well as theoretical
lessons and discussions.
The workshop was arranged at the
request of the General Directorate of Ports and Maritime Transport of Tunisia. Following the
closing of the
event, the Directorate’s Director-General, Mr. Youssef Ben Romdhane,
congratulated participants and the IMO team facilitating the training for their
engagement in the course – which followed a contingency planning workshop on
maritime security measures at the national level, conducted
by IMO from 28-29
Antigua and Barbuda is getting ready to implement a maritime single window for ship notifications relating to stay and departure of the vessel, under a project facilitated by IMO technical cooperation programme. Norway is financing the project as well as providing technical expertise.
The first phase of the project has been initiated with a kick-off week in St. John's (9-13 October). This week provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the scope of the project, identify existing facilities and conduct a needs assessment. The aim is to install a fully functional system based on SafeSeaNet Norway (SSNN), an internet-based maritime single window reporting system focused on FAL Forms. This single window - like other single window concepts - will connect all terminals for stakeholders such as customs, defence, police, maritime authorities, and ports in the country. Vessels will be able to register mandatory arrival and departure information via the single window and this information will be forwarded to individual authorities and ports in accordance with international and national regulations.
Amendments to IMO’s Facilitation Convention adopted in 2016 require Parties to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information by 8 April 2019. The intention is that the Antigua and Barbuda Single Window will provide a system for maritime transport clearance, including the clearance of the ship electronically, by the deadline.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim was in Cyprus this week (9-11 October) for a series of high-level meetings with ministers and officials. First, he delivered a keynote address at the Maritime Cyprus event under the theme: "Future Shipping Strategy: Regulators vs. Industry". He said, "an industry where standards of safety, security and environmental stewardship are high is far better placed to attract both the financial investment and the high-calibre personnel it needs to sustain itself in the long term". The event operates as a forum where important and current issues relating to international shipping are presented, attracting over 800 shipping executives from around the globe.
Mr Lim then continued with his busy trip to attend the 20 years anniversary since the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Mediterranean Region. Known as the Mediterranean MoU, the original agreement was signed in Valletta, Malta - on 11 July 1997. Port State Control is the process, supported by IMO, by which officials in ports can board visiting foreign-flag vessels to verify compliance with international safety and pollution standards. In a speech to the meeting, Mr Lim praised Port State Control officers who have worked tirelessly to harmonize and coordinate PSC activities which are essential as the second line of defence against non-compliance with international standards.
Mr Lim's last stop in Cyprus involved a much younger audience, as he visited an elementary school of Limassol along with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc. There, he learned more about the Cyprus Chamber of Shipping's Adopt a Ship programme from the students themselves. He later declared how impressed he was by the programme saying, "the inspirational initiative connects young people to the shipping world in a really tangible way, improving their knowledge and firing their imagination. I really think this is a wonderful scheme and all those involved in it deserve great credit". This visit was part of the IMO Maritime Ambassador scheme which Cyprus has been actively engaged in. Under the scheme, spokespersons are nominated by IMO Member States or NGOs to advocate on behalf of the maritime and seafaring professions, especially among younger audiences.
The latest in a series of workshops around the world to provide training in the development, adoption and updating of a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) has been held in Bangkok, Thailand (9-11 October). The event highlighted the importance of a national maritime transport policy as a good mechanism for improved maritime governance in a sustainable manner.
The Marine Department of Thailand hosted the workshop, which was facilitated by Jonathan Pace and Josephine Uranza from IMO and Professor Max Mejia and Associate Professor George Theocharidis from the World Maritime University (WMU). Forty participants with a role to play in the preparation of a NMTP were exposed to the objectives, development process, content, implementation, and updating of such a policy.
On the margins of the workshop, the IMO/WMU team met H.E. Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport of Thailand, and discussed the benefits of developing a NMTP and other matters of mutual interest. During the meeting, Minister Termpittayapaisith reiterated Thailand’s commitment to implementing IMO global maritime standards.
The IMO-administered Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) is providing technical expertise to help clean up beaches in Greece affected by an oil spill.
Two experts are in Greece (8 to 14 October) to give technical support on sunken oil assessment, removal techniques and efficient oil removal from sandy beaches. This follows the sinking of the AGIA ZONI II, off Piraeus, on 10 September. The experts are from the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre) based in Brest, France, and from the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) based in Rome, Italy. Both centres are members of the Mediterranean Assistance Unit (MAU), which was established in 1993 and can be mobilized by REMPEC to assist in the event of an emergency situation.
The MAU was established by the Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. IMO administers REMPEC, based in Malta, under the Protocol to the Barcelona Convention Concerning Co-operation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, 2002. Read more.
High-level officials and decision-makers from maritime and port authorities around the world are undergoing intense training on port management and operational efficiency at the annual Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management based in Le Havre, France (11 September to 13 October). The IMO World Maritime Day theme of “Connecting ships, ports and people” has been particularly relevant to the course this year.
The course includes class-based training and site visits, including to the port of Le Havre. The thirty-first Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management, organized by the Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER) and the Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) has 17 participants sponsored by IMO. They are from Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti, Jamaica, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Suriname and United Republic of Tanzania.
A large number of abandoned or no-longer usable fibreglass vessels - including fishing vessels and leisure craft - are dumped at sea each year, possibly due to a lack of land-based disposal facilities. This was a concern raised by Pacific delegations to the Parties to the treaties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea. However, full data on the scale of the problem is lacking. This week, the Parties to the London Convention and London Protocol are meeting at IMO Headquarters in London (9-13 October). The meeting is expected to commission a study into the disposal of fibreglass vessels, in order to gain a better understanding of the scale of the issue, the options for disposal and recycling, and the potential impacts of fibreglass in the marine environment. Such a study could provide important advice on how the dumping treaties might address the problem.
Also during this week, the Parties will review progress in updating specific guidelines for assessment of platforms or other man-made structures at sea, which were originally adopted in 2000. Another issue on the agenda is the development of further guidance on action lists (set of chemicals of concern) and action levels (thresholds used in the decision making process that determine whether sediments can be disposed of at sea) for dredged material. On average, 500 million tonnes of permitted dredged material are dumped annually in waters of countries which have signed up to the London Convention or London Protocol. Some 10% of dredged material is contaminated by shipping, industrial and municipal discharges, or by land run-off. It is therefore important to assess if the material is suitable for dumping at sea, before a permit is given.
The thirty-ninth Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Convention and the 12th Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Protocol will also look at issues related to compliance and to implementation of the 2016 Strategic Plan. The meeting was opened by IMO Director Stefan Micallef on behalf of Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The chair is Dr. Gi-Hoon Hong (Republic of Korea). (photos here).
Over the last few decades, marine environments have undergone widespread deterioration. To help turn this tide, the Our Ocean Conference 2017 held in Malta (2-3 October) brought together world leaders looking to commit to actions to reduce marine pollution, manage aquatic resources sustainably, mitigate climate change, and set up marine sanctuaries. IMO attended the conference and reaffirmed its commitments made at the UN Oceans Conference in New York in June 2017 to develop, maintain and implement a set of global regulations to ensure shipping's sustainable use of the oceans.
The event, which took place under the theme "An Ocean for Life, held discussions on four main issues: marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. This year's event also discussed the newly added topics of maritime security and the blue economy. IMO joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a side-event, organized by the One Earth Foundation, which launched a newly developed "maritime security index". The index aims to measure and map a range of threats to maritime governance and the capacity of nations to counter these threats.
Find out more about IMO's work to protect the world's oceans, here.
A series of the meetings under the Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have been held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this week (2-6 October 2017). Safety of navigation, including e-navigation, and marine environmental protection in one of the busiest waterways were on the agenda of the meetings, attended by representatives of the littoral States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), user States and other stakeholders.
IMO’s Hiro Yamada participated in the 10th Co-operation Forum (CF10), the 10th Project Coordination Committee (PCC10) and the 42nd Tripartite Technical Experts Group (TTEG42) meetings. He explained about the IMO Malacca and Singapore Straits Trust Fund, set up to support capacity-building activities in the Straits, and said that IMO would continue to contribute to the Cooperative Mechanism. The Cooperative Mechanism was established in 2007, under IMO's "Protection of Vital Shipping Lanes" initiative, to foster cooperation and communication between the littoral States, user States and stakeholders of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
The Mechanism comprises three interconnected and complementary components: the Cooperation Forum serves as a platform for dialogue; the Project Coordination Committee coordinates the implementation of Straits Projects; and the Aids to Navigation Fund receives direct financial contributions for the provision and maintenance of critical navigational aids in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The Tripartite Technical Experts Group supervises the activities of the Cooperative Mechanism.
Any state with offshore oil interests needs to be ready to respond to an oil spill. With this in mind, an IMO workshop (2-5 October) in Cartagena, has covered how to assess, identify and acquire oil spill response equipment. A simulated table-top exercise provided hands-on practical experience in how an incident might play out. Participants also gained knowledge in how to develop and implement national and regional exercise programmes. Lessons learned from the exercise and workshop may be incorporated into future revisions of the Wider Caribbean Island and Central American Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Plans.
The workshop was conducted by the Regional Marine Pollution, Emergency, Information and Training Center - Wide Caribbean Region (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe) and attended by representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. It was hosted by the Colombian Maritime Authority (SIMAR) and support including course materials and equipment demonstration was provided by representatives from: Oil Spill Response Limited; Shell Exploration and Production Co.; Exxon Mobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc; T&T Salvage; LAMOR Corporation AB; VARICHEM de Colombia G.E.P.S.; and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe.
The collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure the safe and environmentally sound transport of goods was a key message delivered by IMO’s Jack Westwood-Booth at the recent International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) 65th Anniversary Conference, Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain (2 October). Reflecting the World Maritime Day Theme – “Connecting, ships, ports and people” - IMO’s work in collaboration with government and industry to develop and implement regulations specific to the entire cargo supply chain, including goods packed in containers, was outlined. “The first step in preventing unsafe conditions at sea and in port starts with the shipper of the goods to be transported. Whether designing a ship, boarding passengers, training ship crews and shoreside personnel, inspecting safety equipment or packing and loading a sea container, how well these and other shoreside activities are carried out will directly affect the safety of those involved well before a ship ever sets sail. This is why, after nearly 60 years, the IMO regulatory framework for shipping is comprehensive and logically addresses matters related to shoreside activities,” Mr. Westwood Booth said. On behalf of IMO, Mr Westwood Both accepted the John Strang A.O. Memorial Award, which recognizes IMO for its achievements related to cargo handling operations.
Promoting women's access to quality employment and senior management level within the maritime sector is a key priority for IMO's gender and capacity-building programme and was at the core of the 8th regional conference to support the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA), held in Mahé, Seychelles (26 to 29 September).
Under the theme "A Decade of empowering Maritime Women - What does the future hold for Africa's Blue Economy?", the event, supported by the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA), focused on the key achievements made by the Association over the last decade, as it celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary.
Since its establishment under the auspices of IMO in Kenya in 2007, WOMESA has established strong governance and strategic principles aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular (SDG 5) which aims to "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", as well as IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
IMO is encouraging its Member States to place a greater emphasis on incorporating women in the maritime field. The setting up of these networks and regional associations is key, as it provides a platform for women to discuss gender issues and help each other climb the professional ladder. At the end of the conference, WOMESA launched its latest local chapter in the Seychelles, joining others in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, and the United Republic of Tanzania.
The conference also adopted a resolution, setting out WOMESA's obligations and responsibilities to achieving the SDGs and related targets, to ensure that the purpose of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized through the Association's work programme.
This resolution also calls for strengthened strategic partnerships between WOMESA and organizations, including the African Union (AU) Commission (through its Women, Gender and Development Directorate), the African Ship Owners Association (ASA), the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) and IMO. The aim of such partnerships is to build cooperation in pursuance of programmes to empower maritime women for visibility, networking, linkages and implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
The conference was attended by maritime officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
World Maritime Day (28 September) has been marked around the
world in a series of events and celebrations led by IMO from its London
headquarters. Seafaring nations, coastal states and the shipping industry
staged conferences, seminars and public events under the 2017 theme “Connecting
Ships, Ports and People”.
At IMO, the traditional diplomatic reception was preceded by
a special visit for maritime students and young professionals from the maritime
industries (photos). After a tour of the headquarters
building they received presentations on some of the key topics IMO is dealing with, including safety, security and
humanitarian issues. This was followed by a discussion on the interaction
between IMO Member States, ports, seafarers and ship operators – and how this
might be improved.
A meeting of the IMO Maritime Ambassadors (photos) was also
held; these are spokespersons nominated by IMO Member States or NGOs to
advocate on behalf of the maritime and seafaring professions, especially among
World Maritime Day also featured heavily in on-line and
social media. It was supported by the United Nations in New York, which carried
the message about the importance of IMO and shipping to the sustainable
development goals on its home page.
In his annual World Maritime Day message, IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim said “Shipping and ports can play a significant
role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and
stability through promoting maritime trade.”
World Maritime Day is an official United Nations day. Every
year, it provides an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of
shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of
IMO's work. Each World Maritime Day has its own theme (2017 photos).
An IMO/SPC workshop in Fiji is supporting Pacific
Island countries* to implement treaties dealing with liability and
compensation. The workshop, taking place in Suva (26-29 September), is providing a
comprehensive overview of the IMO liability regime, including treaties covering
of hazardous and noxious substances, passengers,
Convention and limitation of liability.
history of the treaties’ development, their principles and practical
implications are all being covered, with a view to supporting officials to
implement relevant obligations in national legislation.
The workshop is being run by IMO’s Jan de Boer in
collaboration with the IOPC Funds Secretariat and the International Group of
* Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the importance of global standards
and regulations developed by governments at IMO, as the foundation for shipping
to become safer, more efficient, cleaner and greener, during a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (23-24 September).
Mr. Lim was addressing officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Border Guard, the Ministry of Transport and the shipping fraternity at the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Academy for
Maritime Science and Security Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He highlighted the accomplishments of IMO’s
environmental work, noting that international shipping was the first industry
to be subject to global, mandatory, energy-efficiency measures designed to
address greenhouse gas emissions. He also applauded the entry into force of the
Ballast Water Management Convention earlier this month, as an important step
towards addressing further global threats to marine environment.
Lim also met the Saudi Minister of Transport, Mr. Suliman Al-Hamdan. The
Minister hailed the cooperation between IMO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
before announcing a donation of US$1.0 million to support the work of IMO
technical cooperation programme, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the
International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI).
Lim later attended a celebration to mark
this year’s World Maritime Day celebrations by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
under the theme: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People".
To provide new delegates with a flavour of what IMO does and how it works, IMO hosted an orientation seminar at its Headquarters in London (21-22 September). The two-day event provided a packed agenda looking at a broad range of IMO activities from the functioning of the Organization's governing and technical bodies and the Secretariat to campaigns and award ceremonies. The information provided an opportunity for all delegations to be better informed about the work of IMO as well as encouraging the participation of all Member States in the work of the Organization.
"No stakeholder, alone, can deal with the complexities the planet faces in addressing the challenge of climate change", said IMO's Director of the Marine Environment Division, Stefan Micallef, as he opened the joint Singapore-IMO International Conference on Maritime Technology Transfer and Capacity-Building also known as Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017, held in Singapore (25-26 September). The Conference looked at future collaborations that can drive discussions towards identifying opportunities that can have an impact on the shipping industry as it moves towards decarbonization. The event also included sessions covering the latest trends in maritime and port energy efficient technologies; the regulatory framework; and market access and potential solutions to meeting countries' needs in capacity-building and technology transfer.
During the conference, it was announced that the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), a group of maritime stakeholders supporting transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future, has welcomed two new members: Bureau Veritas and the Port of Rotterdam.
Following the Conference, the GloMEEP project - executed by IMO to support the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency measures for ships - will hold a workshop on the "Development of maritime energy efficiency and emissions strategies and their implementation".
Once technical standards have been developed by IMO and adopted into national laws, the next step is implementation on board ships. This is the role of both flag States, who issue surveys and certificates, as well as port States, who can inspect all ships in their ports. The Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments, meeting this week for its fourth session (III 4, 25-29 September) provides a forum where all matters relating to implementation are discussed.
This week’s agenda includes the finalization of revised and updated Procedures for Port State Control, including updated guidelines on the certification of seafarers, hours of rest and manning. Preparations for the seventh IMO Workshop for PSC MoU/Agreement Secretaries and Database Managers, to be held in October, will be discussed. The expert casualty analysis that is a mainstay of the Sub-Committee will continue at this session, to review marine safety investigation reports and produce lessons learned from marine casualties.
The meeting will also look at joint work with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other UN bodies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Other items on the busy agenda include: updating survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification to incorporate aspects of the 2004 Ballast Water Management Convention, which entered into force recently; and work to begin reviewing the model agreement for authorization of recognized organizations which act on behalf of the Administration (for example, in carrying out surveys and issuing certificates), in line with the IMO Code for Recognized Organizations (RO Code).
The meeting was opened on behalf of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim by Assistant Secretary-General Lawrence Barchue. III 4 is being chaired by Rear-Admiral Jean-Luc Le Liboux (France). Click for photos.
Mexican port security officials, managers and designated
authority officials have undergone maritime security training in Manzanillo,
Mexico (19-22 September) run by IMO in
collaboration with the Mexican Navy (SEMAR).
The practical 4-day workshop equipped participants with the
necessary knowledge and skills for planning, conducting and evaluating security
drills and exercises, in order to review and improve implementation of IMO
maritime security measures.
These measures include provisions in SOLAS Chapter XI-2, the
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS
Code) and recommendations in the APEC Manual of
Drills and Exercises.
The event is part of a series of activities coordinated with
SEMAR following the reorganization of ISPS responsibilities in Mexico this
Current research and technical developments in oil spill
preparedness and response were in the spotlight at a major seminar in Tianjin,
China (20-21 September). The International Oil Spill Response Technical Seminar
brought together over 150 representatives of national government, oil industry
and oil spill response companies.
IMO’s Colleen O’Haghan presented on the Organization’s
International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and
– the treaty covering measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either
nationally or in cooperation with other countries. The seminar was organized by
Yantai MSA and CNOOC Energy Technology and Service Safety and Environmental
Protection Co. under the GI China Project.
The GI China Project is an initative led by the China
Maritime Safety Administration, supported by IMO and the oil industry body
IPIECA, to enhance China’s capacity to prepare for and response to oil spills,
through the promotion of government and industry collaboration. Prior to the
Tianjin seminar, a meeting of the GI China Technical Consultative Group met to
plan the project activities for 2018–2019, which will include a number of
training courses, workshops and seminars to further the national spill response
capability. IMO participated in the meeting to establish how IMO can continue
to support these activities in the future.
Maritime administrators from over 20 countries across Asia
have gathered at the first regional event of Asia’s Maritime Technology
Cooperation Centre (MTCC-Asia) to
discuss ways to bring shipping into a low carbon future.
More than 50 participants joined representatives from the EU
and IMO at the Shanghai Maritime University (18-22 September) to discuss
national priorities and barriers relating to topics such as greenhouse gas
control, ship energy-efficiency and technologies applied for fuel consumption
MTCC-Asia is part
of the global network for energy-efficient shipping under the GMN project, funded by the
European Union and run by IMO. The network of five regional centres are promoting technologies and
operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector.
The impacts of wastes and other matter in the marine environment from mining operations is at the core of a working group from the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) which is meeting at IMO Headquarters in London (20-22 September). This is the group's first formal meeting and it aims to provide independent advice on what environmental impacts could arise from the marine disposal of mine tailings around the world both from land based and marine minerals mining. A report is being prepared by the group which will inform the discussions taking place in the context of the London Convention and Protocol, the treaties which regulate the dumping of waste at sea. (LC/LP). The event is co-sponsored by IMO and UN Environment and the meeting is being chaired by Dr Tracy Shimmield.
A national table-top exercise on maritime security in Lima, Peru
(18-19 September) has supported the country to implement the
United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), which imposes binding obligations
on all States to
adopt legislation to prevent
the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means
of delivery and establish appropriate
domestic controls over related materials to prevent their illicit trafficking.
The Lima exercise focused on the provisions that fall within the
scope of IMO maritime security measures,
including SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International ship and Port Facilities
Security (ISPS) Code and the SUA treaties covering the suppression of unlawful acts
against the safety of maritime navigation.
Participants from different government departments and agencies
reviewed a range of evolving scenarios related to maritime security and
maritime law enforcement issues and identified opportunities for improvement
and the need for better collaboration and sharing of information and procedures
between national agencies.
The exercise, conducted by IMO and the United Nations Regional
Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the
Caribbean (UNLIREC), followed
a series of similar events in other parts of the Caribbean and Latin America
region in recent months. IMO was represented by Javier Yasnikouski and a team
An IMO film showing how the IMO Polar Code supports safe and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic waters is being screened at the NEVA 2017 International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (19-22 September), in St Petersburg, Russia. IMO's Assistant Secretary-General Lawrence Barchue delivered the opening address, updating the audience on regulatory standards affecting the safety of international shipping, fishing and offshore operations and the protection of the marine environment. Mr Barchue also spoke of the importance of sharing a common understanding on the issues that affect the maritime community today.
IMO`s Mikhail Gappoev also attended the event, to take part in the Arctic Round table looking at issues and opportunities associated with, Arctic ecology, transport development and the application of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters.