Addressing over 300 industry experts at the Green Shiptech China
Congress 2017 (20-21 April), IMO`s Heike Deggim briefed the audience on the
latest IMO regulations. She drew attention to the global 0.50% sulphur
limit from 2020 as a key item on IMO’s
environmental agenda. She also outlined other key regulatory moves at IMO which
will be the focus in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC),
including the forthcoming entry into force of the Ballast Water Management
Convention in September 2017; the mandatory fuel oil consumption data
collection process under MARPOL Annex VI; and the Roadmap for development of a
‘Comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships’. The event generated in-depth discussion on
the issues and challenges shared by the wider shipping industry.
Belgium has become the 112th State to accede to IMO's International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC). The treaty establishes measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either nationally or in cooperation with other countries. Mr. Laurent Preud'homme, First Secretary of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom, deposited the instrument at IMO Headquarters in London, today (19 April).
Mr. Preud'homme also deposited the instrument of accession for the Protocol to the OPRC relating to hazardous and noxious substances.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken
about the importance of exploiting the full potential of electronic information
and digital resources in ongoing global efforts to improve the safety of maritime
navigation and protect the marine environment. Addressing the Preparatory
Diplomatic Conference of the International Association of Marine Aids to
Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)
in Paris, France (18 April) – Mr. Lim praised IALA’s contribution to IMO's work,
including the development of e-navigation.
E-Navigation, Mr. Lim said, “is the future. But it has been ‘the
future’ for a long time. The challenge now is to turn ‘the future’ into ‘the
present’ so that all the benefits and advantages of e-navigation can be fully
To help achieve this aim, IMO, IALA and other stakeholders
are working under the e-navigation Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), approved
at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in 2014. The Plan contains tasks to be conducted
to address five prioritized e-navigation solutions, including for improved,
harmonized and user-friendly bridge design, and means for standardized and
As part of his visit to France, Mr. Lim discussed protection
of the marine environment with H.E. Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology,
Sustainable Development and Energy. He also spoke about climate change with French
Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Jean-Marc Ayrault, and toured the English Channel in a French
Navy helicopter –
accompanied by H.E. Nicole Taillefer, Permanent Representative of France to
IMO has joined countries and stakeholders concerned with
protecting the Caspian Sea from oil pollution at a regional meeting in Bandar-e
Anzali, Islamic Republic of Iran (16-20 April). Participants* are discussing
the implementation of the Aktau
Protocol on Regional Preparedness, Response and Cooperation in Combating
Oil Pollution Incidents and, in particular, finalization of the Regional
Caspian Sea Plan on cooperation in combating oil pollution in emergencies.
In addition to the meeting, IMO’s Colleen O’Hagan joined
participants to observe a comprehensive response exercise combining elements of
search and rescue, firefighting and pollution response – undertaken by the
Ports and Maritime Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The meeting is taking place under the Teheran Convention and
is chaired by Dr. Parvin Farshchi, Deputy for Marine Environment, at the
Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
* Participants include delegations for the five littoral
States of the Caspian (Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, the
Russian Federation, and Turkmenistan), representatives from the oil, gas and
shipping industries operating in the Caspian, and the Tehran Interim
Secretariat from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Maritime pilots are a strong and essential link in the
structure that underpins the safety of international shipping. This was the
message delivered by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the 70th national assembly of
the Italian Maritime Pilots Federation (Fedepiloti) in Rome, Italy (11 April).
Addressing an audience that included Italian pilots and
Members of Government, Mr. Lim spoke about pilots as a vital part of the
shipping’s human element – who use their local knowledge to help ships navigate
safely into and out of ports or through dangerous waters. He also emphasized that
just as pilots have a responsibility for the safety of shipping, so shipping
has a responsibility for pilots’ safety.
During his visit to Rome, Secretary-General Lim met Italy’s
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, H.E. Mr. Graziano Delrio, and will
visit the Italian Ship-owners Association tomorrow (12 April).
The importance of employing qualified pilots in approaches
to ports and other areas where specialized local knowledge is required was
formally recognized by IMO in 1968. The Organization adopted an Assembly
resolution on pilotage, recommending that Governments organize pilotage
services where they would be likely to prove more effective than other measures
and to define the ships and classes of ships for which employment of a pilot
would be mandatory.
IMO Publishing is attending East Med Marine and Oil & Gas Exhibition in Limassol, Cyprus (6-7 April). The stand is being manned by Bianka Ochs-Fawzy and Victor Mackenney. The exhibition provides an opportunity for the marine, offshore and oil & gas industries' lead players and stakeholders to interact and to learn about important industry updates and technological advancements. IMO Publishing will be promoting the latest regulations available to purchase.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim joined German Chancellor
Angela Merkel at Germany’s 10th National Maritime Conference in Hamburg (4
April), which focused on issues including sustainable growth and the importance
of new technologies for the future of the shipping industry (photos).
Addressing Chancellor Merkel, the Mayor of Hamburg, German
Government ministers and other stakeholders in his keynote speech, Mr. Lim
emphasized that shipping, supported by IMO’s global regulatory regime, will be
central to sustainable global development and growth in the future. He said that
Germany provides ample proof that maritime activity can both drive and support
a growing national and global economy, and that efforts to promote
investment, growth and improvement in the maritime sectors can have benefits
that reach far beyond shipping itself.
Speaking about digitization in the industry, both leaders
emphasized that new technologies will be key to efficiency in the maritime
sector and protection of the environment. Mr.
Lim said that “with opportunities afforded by new technology, shipping
is, potentially, on the brink of a new era”.
In her remarks on the marine environment, Chancellor Merkel
thanked IMO and the Secretary-General for agreeing a roadmap
for the reduction of GHG emissions from ships and welcomed IMO’s work to
protect the marine environment from micro plastics in particular.
Find out more about IMO’s work on marine
litter and low
carbon shipping and air pollution control.
“The news that the search for
survivors from the Stellar Daisy has not yet proven successful is sad indeed.
Reports from the Uruguayan Navy indicate that fuel, debris and empty lifeboats
have been found but, so far, nothing else. Twenty-two of the ship’s 24 crew
members are missing but we always live in hope that a miracle may happen.
At this stage, the most important
thing to say is that our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing, and with their
families and loved ones. And I would also like to offer my commendation to all
those who have been involved in the search and rescue operations. Such
operations are never without risk yet those who undertake them do so readily
and without fear of the consequences to their own lives. They deserve our
appreciation and gratitude.
It is expected that there will be a
full investigation into this accident and that the results and findings will be
brought to IMO so that we can do whatever may be necessary to reduce the
chances of such an incident happening again. Thankfully these occurrences are
rare; but when they do happen, they serve to remind everyone that the
seafarers, on whom we all depend, do a difficult and sometimes dangerous job;
and that those of us responsible for making the industry safer can never stop striving
IMO participated in the annual meeting of the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) in Bonn, Germany (4 April). The partnership consists of more than 30 UN organizations that have an interest in climate change learning. The partners discussed the next 2017-2020 phase of the project (beginning 1 September 2017) and reviewed the success of the project to date. CC:Learn currently has more than 81,000 registered users and has issued more than 8,700 certificates for courses completed. Eight courses are currently available, in several languages, starting with an introductory e-course providing “everything you need to know” about the basics of climate change, from climate change science to governance.
The CC:Learn e-Learning platform provides quality, freely available e-learning resources on climate change, with each course building on the expertise of relevant UN partners. Theofanis Karayannis represented IMO at the meeting.
The issue of protecting captive seafarers' wages is on the agenda at an International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (3-5 April). IMO has taken part in the ILO Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee, established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers.
The Group is considering proposals on the protection of a seafarer's wages when the seafarer is held captive, on or off the ship, as a result of acts such as piracy or armed robbery against ships. These proposals include an amendment to the MLC Code.
Speaking at the meeting, Jan de Boer welcomed the discussions and expressed IMO's appreciation for previous amendments to the MLC (that came into force as of 18 January 2017), which better protect abandoned seafarers, and provide financial security for compensation to seafarers and their families in cases of seafarers' death or long-term disability. Mr de Boer also relayed concern expressed by the IMO Council for innocent seafarers still in captivity, and highlighted the 2011 IMO Assembly Resolution on piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia.
As part of the Resolution, the Assembly strongly urges Governments to keep relevant States informed about welfare measures for seafarers in captivity on ships entitled to fly their flag, as well as measures being taken for the early release of such seafarers and the status of payments of their wages.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2017 "Connecting ships, ports and people", provides an opportunity to highlight the value of integration in the maritime and logistics sectors. The theme has particular resonance for IMO’s Facilitation Committee, which is meeting (4-7 April) at IMO Headquarters. The Committee will discuss matters relating to the Facilitation Convention (FAL), which supports international maritime traffic by providing a set of consistent, uniform regulations to facilitate the free flow of commerce. At its last session, in 2016, the Committee adopted a revised Annex to the FAL Convention, which includes mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers and encourages the use of the “single window” concept, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal without duplication. The Committee will focus during the current session on the implementation of the new requirements, including the development of a revised explanatory manual. The Committee will also discuss the way forward for IMO’s Maritime Single Window project, under which the IMO Secretariat has been looking at ways to develop a Maritime Single Window prototype. The Committee will discuss the harmonization and standardization of data formats.The Facilitation Committee 41st session was opened by Ashok Mahapatra, Director, Maritime Safety Division, on behalf of Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The chair is Mr. Yury Melenas (Russian Federation). Click for photos.
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Secretary-General Kitack Lim joined Ministers responsible for shipping from
various EU States and other countries to discuss the future of shipping, at a
conference in Valletta, Malta (28 March).
at the High Level Ministerial Stakeholder Conference on Maritime Affairs, Mr.
Lim highlighted IMO’s key role as the global regulator for international
shipping (Click for full speech). He emphasized the importance of the industry for future sustainable
development around the world, and that the key to this will be the roadmap,
agreed at IMO’s MEPC
70 meeting last October, to consider and develop a comprehensive IMO
Strategy for the reduction of GHG emissions from ships.
Mr. Lim welcomed the support for a global
approach, through IMO, to regulating international shipping contained in the
Valletta Declaration, adopted by ministers during the meeting. The Declaration identifies
three key themes: competitiveness, digitalisation, and decarbonisation and
reduction of air emissions.
event took place under Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union,
and attendees included European Commissioner Violeta Bulc – responsible for maritime
Tuesday’s meeting, Secretary-General Lim also took the opportunity to address future
leaders of the maritime world – students at the IMO International Maritime Law
Institute in Malta (IMLI) (29 March), in which he hailed the Institute’s record
of providing a steady influx of highly trained legal professionals. They have
been, and will continue to be, instrumental in enacting appropriate domestic
legislation in countries around the world in order to implement and enforce IMO
treaties that govern almost every facet of the shipping industry – from the drawing
board to the scrapyard.
IMO joined other United Nations agencies supporting
Senegal’s maritime and port security, in an assessment visit to Dakar (27-29
March). IMO acted as the lead agency for maritime security provisions during
the assessment of Senegal’s implementation of important Security Council
resolutions addressing counter-terrorism*. Border management was a main focus
of the mission, which included meetings with maritime authorities and border
The visit, led by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism
Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED), was a follow-up to a similar mission
in 2009, which focused on border control and police cooperation.
UNCTED counter-terrorism missions of this kind embrace
security in all its forms. IMO
participates in a team focussing on law enforcement-related matters (with IOM,
WCO, ICAO, UNODC and Interpol) that conducts site visits of facilities to help assess
their compliance with various international security instruments.
Find out more about IMO treaties and codes on maritime
security and piracy here.
IMO was represented in Dakar by Gisela Vieira.
* Security Council resolutions 1373
(2005) and 2178 (2014).
The development of the IMO fuel oil consumption database, to support the implementation of mandatory MARPOL annex VI requirements, was outlined at the Marshall Islands Quality Council meeting, Stamford, United States (21 March). Under the MARPOL regulations, adopted in October 2016, ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above will have to collect consumption data for each type of fuel oil they use, as well as other, additional, specified data including proxies for transport work. These ships account for approximately 85% of CO2 emissions from international shipping. Aggregated data will be reported to a ship’s flag State after the end of each calendar year. The data collected, on an anonymized basis, will provide a firm basis on which future decisions on any additional measures, over and above those already adopted by IMO, can be made. IMO’s Theofanis Karayannis outlined the work being done by the IMO Secretariat to develop the database and explained its proposed features. A prototype version of a proposed module within the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) platform is expected to be available to Member States later this year.
IMO has contributed to the latest meeting of United Nations bodies working in Africa – the RCM-Africa forum. The forum, which held its 18th session in Dakar, Senegal (25-26 March), provides a platform for all UN programmes and agencies to share information about their work in the continent and coordinate strategies to support African Union programmes. IMO shared information about its technical assistance activities in Africa, which form part of its work to promote safe and secure shipping on clean oceans – particularly in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s RCM-Africa meeting was part of activities marking "Africa Development Week" (23-28 March) and focused specifically on harnessing the talents of Africa’s youth for achieving sustainable development. The meeting was strengthened by the participation, for the first time, of the Regional United Nations Development Group. The forum was organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Government of Senegal. IMO was represented by William Azuh and officers responsible for IMO’s regional presence offices in Africa.
officials responsible for the security of port facilities have undergone
training at a week-long course in Lagos, Nigeria (20-24 March). Participants
were trained in the necessary skills to plan and conduct effective
self-assessments and audits of port facilities – in line with IMO’s
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and other guidance.
The course was
organized by IMO and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) following a needs-assessment mission in January 2016. The Lagos training
event is the second phase of the three-phase IMO technical assistance programme
to help support NIMASA’s maritime security programme.
The course was
conducted by a team of IMO consultants.
participating in the annual gathering of Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety
Agencies (APHoMSA) in Langkawi, Malaysia (20-24 March).
Participants from 24 IMO Member States as well as observers from IALA, IHO
and SPC are taking part in discussions
surrounding APHoMSA's work to promote safe, secure shipping and a clean marine
environment within the Asia-Pacific region.
coincides with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition
2017 week, which brings together senior maritime officials from Pacific Ocean
Rim countries and territories to exchange ideas and identify areas of
the event, H.E. Mr. Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of the Malaysian
Ministry of Transport, re-affirmed the Malaysian Government’s support for both
APHoMSA and IMO objectives. IMO is represented by Juvenal Shiundu and Josephine
Uranza . Mr. Zulkurnain Ayub, Chair of the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee,
is also present.
IMO participated in the 20th E-Navigation Committee meeting (ENAV 20) at the headquarters of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (13-17 March). IALA has been actively supporting IMO in the development of e-navigation. ENAV 20 discussed a number of technical solutions to progress the harmonization of information between shore and ships in electronic format, including the data format and structure of Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP), the use of VHF Data Exchange System (VDES), as well as the Maritime Cloud and other solutions under the e-navigation umbrella. The next ENAV committee meeting in September will provide valuable input to the work on e-navigation at the next session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 5) in 2018. IALA oversees Aids to Navigation (AtoN) such as fairway buoys and lighthouses fitted with AIS transponders as well as VTS (vessel traffic services). ENAV 20 was attended by 137 representatives from IALA Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as private companies, many of which are service or communications providers for the maritime industry.
The need for all stakeholders to work towards effective and consistent implementation of the 2020 0.50% global sulphur limit has been highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark this week. IMO’s Edmund Hughes spoke about IMO’s role moving towards the 0.50% sulphur limit at an event focusing on the “2020 global sulphur challenge: Implementation and Enforcement”, hosted by the Danish Ecological Council (21 March). At the GST Europe Conference 2017 (22 March), Mr. Hughes again drew attention to the global sulphur limit as a key item on IMO’s environmental agenda. He also outlined other key regulatory moves at IMO which will be the focus for work in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), including the forthcoming entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September 2017; the mandatory fuel oil consumption data collection process under MARPOL Annex VI; and the Roadmap for development of a ‘Comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships’. Also at GST Europe, IMO’s Markus Helavuori spoke in detail about the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations and presented IMO’s work on biofouling, including the 2011 Biofouling Guidelines.
The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE). The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related guidelines will be submitted to the Maritime Safety committee (MSC) in June for consideration. Also set for completion are draft amendments to the 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) Code, covering machinery and electrical installations in hazardous areas, fire safety, and life-saving appliances and equipment.
The Sub-Committee’s agenda also includes work on life-saving appliances and arrangements, including new requirements for ventilation of survival crafts and finalization of functional requirements for SOLAS chapter III. It will also develop work plans on fire protection on ro-ro passenger ships and on further work related to test and performance standards for life-saving appliances and arrangements on board ships operating in polar waters.
The 4th session of the Sub-Committee (20-24 March) was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Dr. Susumu Ota (Japan). See photos.
IMO’s Lee Adamson spoke with CNN’s Eco Solutions television programme to share key facts about IMO’s efforts in tackling GHG emissions from ships. Important measures like the adoption of a mandatory data collection system for ships’ fuel oil consumption and the 2020 reduction in the global sulphur cap were highlighted. Mr Adamson also made reference to specific design solutions which would also contribute to reducing ships’ carbon footprint. He concluded by reiterating the essential role of shipping in any vision of sustainable development in the future. You can watch the full interview here.
IMO is conducting an Advanced Drills and Exercises Workshop
for inspectors and officers responsible for port security in Trinidad and
Tobago. The training, underway in Port of Spain (14-17 March), is focusing on
the key IMO instrument for enhancing the security of ships and port facilities
– the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The Code’s
preventive security provisions include the objective of all actors being
thoroughly prepared for security incidents and terrorist attacks by
regularly conducting drills and exercises.
involves theoretical lessons, discussions, group work and hands-on practical
experience in planning, conducting and evaluating exercises in compliance with
the Code, in order to help build and solidify good practices and procedures
amongst various actors present in ports.
Madsen and a team of consultants are leading the workshop, which is organized
under IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme for enhancement of
maritime security measures. The event is being conducted upon request from
the Maritime Services Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport of
Trinidad and Tobago, with additional experts being contributed by the US Coast
IMO Member States are taking part in the three day Malaysia Maritime
Leaders Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (15-17 March
2017), aimed at assisting the participating countries to build leadership
capabilities in the maritime sector. The forum is encouraging senior
officials of Maritime Administrations to find areas of common ground by
sharing ideas on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of
their administrations and addressing maritime challenges. The event is the
first of its kind in Malaysia and part of the Malaysian Integrated Technical
The event was
opened by Mr Saripuddin bin Kassim, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry
of Transport. Mr Zulkurnain Ayub, Chair of IMO’s Technical
Cooperation Committee is also participating and William Azuh is representing
IMO at the forum.
In recent years,
Malaysia has been both a beneficiary and a supporter of IMO’s technical
IMO workshop in Egypt is supporting countries in the Arab region to implement
and enforce treaties dealing with liability and compensation. The workshop,
taking place in Alexandria (13-16 March), is providing a comprehensive overview of
the IMO liability regime, including treaties covering wreck
of hazardous and noxious substances, passengers,
history of the treaties’ development, their principles, implementation and
practical implications are all being covered, with a view to supporting
officials to implement and enforce the full liability regime in States in the
is represented at the Regional Interactive Workshop on IMO Liability
Conventions by Jan de Boer and Amr Hussein, who are joined by Chiara Della Mea
(IOPC Funds) and Tjorborn Claesson (IG of P&I Clubs). The event is being
organised under the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) for
the Arab/Mediterranean region and within the framework of the MoU between IMO,
the Ministry of Transport of Egypt and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology
and Maritime Transport (AASTMT).