The IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) has held its 27th annual Graduation
Ceremony at the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa, Malta (28 May). Thirty-eight
students from 27 countries graduated from programs covering all areas of
international maritime law, including international law of the sea, shipping
law, marine environmental law, international maritime security law and maritime
legislation drafting. Speaking at the ceremony, IMO Secretary-General Kitack
Lim heralded the Institute and congratulated the graduates on their achievement.
He told them that there were now “oceans of opportunities before them to make
their own unique waves in the maritime world as they move onto new and exciting
Secretary-General Lim and IMLI Director Professor David
Attard were joined at the ceremony by the Honourable Dr. George Vella, Minister
for Foreign Affairs of Malta; the Honourable Mr. Joe Mizzi, Minister for
Transport and Infrastructure of Malta; IMLI graduate Mrs. Joyce Mogtari, Deputy
Minister for Transport of Ghana; IMO’s Nicolaos Charalambous, Director,
Technical Co-operation Division and Frederick Kenney, Director, IMO Legal
Affairs and External Relations Division; members of IMLI’s governing board: Mr. Jim Harrison, Mr. Kofi Mbiah and Mr. Masamichi Hasebe; Mr.
Tom Birch Raynardson, Trustee, CMI Charitable Trust; and members of the diplomatic community and judiciary.
Saint Lucia has acceded to four IMO treaties, including
important conventions covering ballast water management (BWM
Convention) and emissions from ship exhausts and energy efficiency (MARPOL
Annex VI). Mr. Tafawa Williams, Alternate Permanent Representative of Saint
Lucia to IMO, met IMO’s Frederick Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External
Relations Division, to deposit the instruments of accession, today (26 May). This
brings the number of States party to the Ballast Water Management Convention to
50, representing 34.81% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage.
The full list of treaties acceded to by Saint Lucia is as
- the International Convention for the Control and
Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM
- Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for
the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of
1978 relating thereto (MARPOL
- the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker
Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (BUNKERS 2001)
- International Convention on Standards of Training,
Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 (STCW-F
A national workshop on the treaty covering dumping of wastes at
sea, the London
Protocol, is being held in Hanoi, Viet Nam (26-27 May). The workshop is raising
awareness among stakeholders on the impacts of dumping of wastes and other
matters at sea, as well as the regulatory framework provided by the London
Protocol. Additionally, participants gained first-hand experience of dredging
and disposal activities in a visit to the Lach Hyen Port infrastructure project
near Hai Phong.
The workshop is being organized by IMO and the Vietnam Maritime
Administration (VINAMARINE) and attended by some 50 participants from various Vietnamese
stakeholders at the VINAMARINE headquarters in Hanoi. IMO’s Fredrik Haag is
coordinating the event together with two experts from the Korean Institute of
Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) of the Republic of Korea.
A new GESAMP working group on marine geoengineering
held its first meeting at IMO Headquarters, London, this week (23-25 May). The
overall objective of the Working Group (WG 41) is to better understand the
potential impacts of proposed marine geoengineering techniques on the marine
environment – including social and economic consequences. The Group will also
provide advice to the London
Protocol Parties to assist them in identifying those marine geoengineering
techniques that may be sensible to be considered for listing in the new Annex 4
of the Protocol.
Group, established at the forty-second session of GESAMP, held in Paris last
year, is being led by IMO with the support from IOC of UNESCO and
WMO. This first, inception meeting, under the chairmanship of Dr. Chris
Vivian (United Kingdom) and Professor Philip Boyd (Australia), included
scientists from Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United
States. The Group will deliver an initial
high level assessment report to the nine UN Sponsoring Agencies which make up
GESAMP, in 2017.
A national implementation workshop has been held in Jakarta, Indonesia (18-19 May), under the auspices of the IMO-Norad environmental project, which is supporting six east Asian countries to prepare for the ratification and implementation of key IMO marine environmental conventions. The Indonesian National Stakeholder Workshop and Project Monitoring Meeting discussed the National Implementation Plans for the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM) and the Anti-fouling Systems Convention (AFS), both of which Indonesia has acceded to. For the BWM convention, the meeting discussed the immediate next steps to develop detailed implementation regulations as well as plans to undertake port biological baseline surveys to support risks assessments and compliance monitoring and enforcement. More than 50 national stakeholders attended the meeting and workshop, which was facilitated by IMO’s Jose Matheickal. Support from the IMO-Norad Project has helped Indonesia to undertake necessary legal, policy and institutional reforms and prepare for the implementation of the BWM Convention, which is close to reaching entry into force criteria.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted IMO’s work to promote green and sustainable shipping at the ITF Green and Inclusive Transport Summit 2016 in Leipzig, Germany (18-20 May). Mr Lim highlighted mandatory energy efficiency measures already adopted and approved, as well as two major technology programmes to help improve energy efficiency in shipping and help the industry move towards a low-carbon future. During a side event on "Reducing CO2 from shipping: Acting on the Paris Agreement" Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency at IMO provided information on the work of the Organization to address GHG emissions from ships with a focus on the action taken by IMO to complement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Dr. Hughes reiterated that the challenge is not just one for IMO as the international regulator for shipping industry but extends to ship designers and marine engineers to develop the technological solutions, to those who operate and manage ships, to seafarers and those who educate them and, importantly, to the business of shipping, which needs to ensure that investment in innovative low carbon technologies is properly incentivised. Transport ministers from ITF Member countries attending the summit agreed a declaration on green and inclusive transport. The declaration recognises that growth in the maritime industry highlights the need for enhanced cooperation among transport stakeholders in order to promote the protection of the environment alongside sound framework conditions for the sector through continued collaboration at IMO.
cooperation between developing countries is on the agenda at the United Nations
High-Level Committee (HLC) on South-South Cooperation,
New York (16-19 May). IMO is participating in the meeting, which is reviewing progress in initiatives such as the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. The event featured a session on cooperation
relating to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IMO continues to
link its technical cooperation programme to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 14 on
conserving and sustainably using the oceans.
The programme focuses on capacity building
and supports the exchange of ideas and networking among maritime
administrations and helps foster closer collaboration in the implementation of
IMO instruments. IMO is represented by Juvenal Shiundu.
An IMO workshop
is raising awareness of the organization’s regulatory regime dealing with
improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.
Participants from Malaysian governmental departments, academia and other
related bodies are in attendance at the three-day “MARPOL
Annex VI and Technology Transfer” workshop, taking place in Johor, Malaysia
(16-18 May). The event is organized under IMO’s GloMEEP
project, which is supporting uptake and implementation of energy efficiency
measures for shipping in developing countries. Malaysia is one of the 10
GloMEEP lead pilot countries.
which is co-hosted by the Marine Department Malaysia and Johor Port Authority, included an excursion to the container terminal of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, where
participants learnt about the port’s energy efficiency initiatives and
represented by Astrid Dispert and a team of consultants.
IMO attended the 3rd Regional Ministerial Meeting for Promoting Maritime Safety and Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region (ESA-IO) (15 May). The meeting in Djibouti adopted a declaration that identifies key priorities and paves the way for long term maritime safety and security and sustainable development in the ESA-IO. Key decisions included moving beyond piracy to address all forms of maritime threats and crimes (such as, amongst others, illegal unregulated and unreported fishing, toxic dumping, human trafficking, drug smuggling); extending the scope of the Djibouti Code of Conduct; and focussing on developing States’ national maritime capabilities. The meeting was held under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the European Union (EU) MASE programme. Chris Trelawny represented IMO.
Turkey today (13 May 2016) became the latest country to ratify the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, or FAL Convention.
The FAL Convention's main objectives are to prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic, to aid co-operation between Governments, and to secure the highest practicable degree of uniformity in formalities and other procedures. In particular, the Convention reduces the number of declarations which can be required by public authorities.
A revised and modernized annex to the convention was adopted in April this year and is due to enter into force on 1 January 2018. The revision is designed to ensure the FAL treaty adequately addresses the shipping industry’s present and emerging needs and serves to facilitate and expedite international maritime traffic. The objective is to prevent unnecessary delays to ships and to persons and property on board.
His Excellency Mr. Abdurrahman Bilgiç, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkey to IMO, deposited Turkey’s instrument of accession with Secretary-General Kitack Lim.
A team from IMO's Marine Environment Division has won the best Portfolio Solution Award in the 8th International Waters Conference (IWC8) organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Negombo, Sri Lanka (9-13 May). The award was given for the project with the best strategy for scaling-up investments aimed at addressing global environmental issues facing international waters, including the oceans. International waters is one of the five thematic portfolios of GEF funding, with around 90 related projects being featured at IWC8 and some 300 currently underway worldwide.
IMO's team presented the "Glo-X" partnerships model, embracing two separate projects - GloBallast and GloMEEP. Glo-X is being used to accelerate legal, policy and institutional reforms in developing countries to implement the Ballast Water Management Convention and MARPOL Annex VI while, at the same time, leveraging private sector partnerships to accelerate R&D and technological innovations through forming global industry alliances and facilitating information exchange.
When the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, it set a new development agenda for the 2015 - 2030 period. Two SDGs (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all and Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources) are of particular relevance to the GEF's IW investments. The official theme of IWC8 is Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.
IMO's winning entry was selected from a large number of submissions made by GEF international water projects and the award was based on oral presentations from the final eight nominees. IMO's Jose Matheickal, on behalf of the IMO team, delivered the award-winning presentation during the conference, which is being attended by over 300 participants from various UN agencies, donor agencies and member Governments. This is the fourth international award won by the IMO projects team.
stage in the implementation of goal-based standards for construction of oil
tankers and bulk carriers is among the items on the agenda for the IMO Maritime
Safety Committee (MSC), which opened for its 96th session today. The MSC (photos)
will be invited to consider the goal-based standards verification audit reports of 12
members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
Other important agenda items include the adoption of SOLAs amendments relating
to evacuation analysis and the maintenance and testing of lifeboats and rescue
boats – and the adoption of the 2016 amendments to the international Maritime
Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
The committee will also consider cyber security matters and discuss how
to regulate the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on
international voyages. The MSC, which runs from 11-20 May, was opened by IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim (opening speech) and is being chaired by Mr. Brad Groves
Flag State and port state roles in ratifying, implementing and enforcing the convention prohibiting the use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships (AFS Convention) are on the agenda at a regional workshop being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (10-11 May). The environmentally sound practices for the disposal of waste generated in applying and removing anti-fouling systems will also be presented and discussed. The workshop will seek to increase awareness of Government officials and other stakeholders on the benefits and implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Convention. This Workshop has been organized under a memorandum of understanding signed between IMO and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA). PERGSA is hosting the workshop which is being attended by 25 participants from Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. IMO’s Theofanis Karayannis is coordinating the event.
Two important IMO projects are being featured this week
(9-13 May) at the 8th biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) organized
by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Globallast and GloMEEP are both aimed
at building capacity in developing countries, where shipping is increasingly
The Globallast Partnerships project helps such countries
reduce the risk of invasion by alien species carried in ships’ ballast water by
complying with and implementing the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.
GloMEEP focuses on building capacity to implement technical and operational
energy-efficiency measures for ships, and is working towards forming a
public-private partnership under a Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for
low-carbon shipping, within the project framework. Both projects are being
executed by IMO with funding and support from GEF and the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP).
IWC8 is taking place in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Described as the
“the signature learning event for the GEF IW portfolio” it has attracted more
than 300 participants representing 90 active GEF projects.
A national workshop dealing with the international regulations
covering air pollution from ships is taking place in Aqaba, Jordan (9-11 May). The
IMO-run event is raising awareness of the regulations under MARPOL
Annex VI, which sets limits on SOx and NOx emissions from ship exhausts,
prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances and includes
mandatory technical and operational energy-efficiency measures to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
The workshop is being organized at the request of the Jordan
Maritime Commission, with IMO being represented by Masao Yamasaki and a team of
IMO’s work to address maritime piracy has been highlighted
at the launch of The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) report on “The
State of Maritime Piracy 2015 – Assessing the Economic and Human Cost of
Piracy” in London, United Kingdom (3 May). In his opening address, IMO’s Chris
Trelawny set out the Organization’s various anti-piracy initiatives. These
include IMO’s GISIS
database of reports on acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships;
development of a comprehensive range of guidance on prevention, repression and
investigation of piracy and armed robbery, including guidance on the carriage
of armed security personnel; and successful regional initiatives.
Mr. Trelawny emphasized that IMO’s long term strategy is
focussed on helping its Member States to create conditions for increased
employment, prosperity and stability through enhancing the maritime sector and
sustainable blue economy, underpinned by good maritime security. He went on to welcome the report, saying
that it will not only address the human and economic costs attributable to
piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, the western Indian Ocean, and
Southeast Asia, but it will also underscore the plight of seafarers who
continue to be at risk of violent attacks at sea.
Find out more about IMO’s work on maritime security and
work to help prevent pollution of the sea by ships has been highlighted at the 2016
Asia-Pacific Oil Spill Prevention & Preparedness Conference (Spillcon) in Perth, Australia. Stefan
Micallef, Director of the Marine Environment Division, took part in a session
on preventing maritime accidents (3 May). The conference brings together regional and global
environmental and shipping representatives to provide information on the latest
developments and innovations for dealing with oil spills in the marine
environment. Click here
to find out more about IMO’s work on pollution prevention and response.
In conjunction with the conference,
IMO will be supporting a workshop on "Science and innovation in oil spill
response" that will be held on Friday, 6 May. This workshop will provide
information on innovative technologies and approaches for spill prevention,
response, mitigation and damage assessment. In addition, IMO, within its Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme, is sponsoring
government representatives* with relevant responsibilities to participate in
Spillcon. The conference is
being organized by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian
Institute of Petroleum.
* From the
following countries: Cambodia, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka,
Thailand and Viet Nam.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is in the United States
this week for a series of meetings and engagements. Yesterday (3 May) he visited
the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI),
North America’s largest seaman’s welfare agency, where he met volunteers and
learnt about the SCI’s pioneering effort to develop a new, practical form of
headwear for seafarers (photos). SCI has encouraged volunteers all over the world to
knit hats to the unique new design and donate them to seafarers via SCI.
Later, he addresses officers and officials from the United
States Coast Guard (USCG) in Washington DC about the
vital role played by such organizations in properly implementing and enforcing IMO’s
Yesterday, he also spoke at the 42nd International
Conference of the Comité International Maritime (CMI), hosted by the Maritime Law
Association of the United States in New York. Here, he highlighted the historic
links between the two organizations and expressed his hope that the draft
convention on the judicial sale of ships, drafted by CMI, would prove another
The International Maritime Solid
Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code deals with the hazards associated with certain
cargoes carried in bulk by ships. IMO recently (25-28 April)
co-organised a workshop in Malaysia on implementing the code, with special
reference to cargoes that may liquefy – which can be a serious problem.
The workshop provided an
overview of the Malaysian experience with bauxite shipments from local ports.
Action taken by Malaysia’s Maritime Administration to improve both crew and
cargo safety was presented, with positive and constructive feedback provided on
national legislation in place to deal with carrying bauxite by sea.
Participants also witnessed field sampling and laboratory testing practices.
In addition to local experts,
consultants from Australia, Intercargo, P&I Clubs and Bureau Veritas, among
others, took part in the workshop, which was funded by the Kuantan Port
Authority and co-organized by IMO and Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport.
is participating in a UN/CEFACT*
conference dealing with electronic
exchange of information related
to ship safety
and security regulations, at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
(25-29 April). Officials from regulatory agencies and affected transport and
logistics sectors heard Julian Abril, Head of Facilitation, share the decisions
adopted by IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL
40), which recently adopted the mandatory electronic data exchange for
international shipping under the revised Facilitation
UN/CEFACT develops trade
facilitation standards and recommendations to help industry provide information
required by regulatory and border control authorities. In the IMO context,
these include UN layout aligned paper forms and UN/EDIFACT electronic message
structures in respect of the Organizations Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
and FAL Conventions.
* United Nations Centre
for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)
IMO is running a national workshop of drills and exercises dealing with international ship and port facility security, in Bangkok, Thailand (26-29 April). The event is providing participants with practical tools for improved implementation of the periodic drills and exercises required under the IMO treaties SOLAS chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code and described in the revised APEC Manual of Drills and Exercises.
The workshop is focusing on various aspects of the Manual – with the aim of providing a comprehensive approach to planning, preparation for, conduct, debrief and reporting of maritime security drills and exercises. The event is being conducted at the request of Thailand and is part of a series of workshops being jointly planned by IMO Maritime Security and the APEC Maritime Security Working Group in the region.
IMO is represented by Gisela Vieira.
The complex issues surrounding unsafe mixed migration by sea are being debated at a two-day symposium (26-27 April) hosted by the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Speaking during the opening session, IMO’s Chris Trelawny condemned the illegal people smugglers, the associated profiteers and the misery they cause by loading people onto clearly unsafe vessels, and called for safe, legal, alternative pathways to migration to be developed, including safe, organized migration by sea, if necessary.
In the long term, he challenged the symposium to look at how the maritime sector and others could contribute to alleviating the root causes of unsafe mixed migration by sea, by focusing on creating conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through enhancing the maritime sector and sustainable blue economy in developing countries. Symposium presentations available here.
IMO-GloBallast expert workshop dealing
with risk assessment and decision support tools to support the implementation
of the Ballast Water Management (BWM)
Convention is taking place at IMO Headquarters, London (25-26 April). 12
renowned international experts are discussing so-called “risk-based decision
support systems” for improved implementation of the Convention. This comes as
part of IMO’s efforts, under the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships
Programme, to counter the threat to ecosystems by invasive species transported
in the ballast water of ships.
The experts are drawn from the fields of information technology, risk
assessment, marine ecosystems protection, maritime operations and Marine
Electronic Information system integration. The workshop aims to provide a set
of recommendations on the feasibility and requirements of such a
decision-support system (with consideration for the capacity constraints in
developing countries) and on how to apply such a system on a regional or global
level. IMO’s GloBallast Project Coordination Unit is coordinating the workshop.
and communication technology experts throughout the UN system are meeting in
Vienna, Austria (25-27 April) to discuss a digital agenda action plan to
support programmes within UN organizations and help bring the Sustainable
Development Goals to fruition. The 26th session of the CEB-ICT Network will also
address how to encourage UN organizations to integrate cybersecurity into their
risk management frameworks and make cybersecurity training mandatory.
Other topics on the agenda will include work on the threat intelligence
platform, identity management and cloud encryption.
meeting is hosted by the United Nation's Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) and will be followed by the 97th session of the United Nation's
International Computing Centre (ICC) Management Committee (MC). IMO’s Vincent
Job is representing the Organization.
leading a maritime security table-top exercise in Mombasa, Kenya (21-22 April)
as part of the Organization’s continuing work to implement the Djibouti Code
of Conduct. National officials from all key ministries and departments are
taking part in a range of evolving scenarios involving both routine business
and during an incident, which aim to promote an integrated, whole-of-government
approach to maritime security measures and maritime law enforcement. This
includes supporting Kenya’s national capacity to perform coastguard functions
through inter-agency cooperation and development of maritime strategies and
is the fifth maritime security exercise of this kind to be held in the Western
Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden region this year, having completed similar
exercises in Djibouti, Maldives, Mozambique and the Seychelles. It was launched
by Kenya’s Principle Secretary for Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Mrs. Nancy
Karigithu. IMO is being represented by Kiruja Micheni and a team of