The final deadline for nominations for the 2015 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is 15 April. The Award recognizes those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, display outstanding courage
in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or
mitigate damage to the marine environment. Nominations for the Award may
be made by United Nations Member States; intergovernmental
organizations; and/or non-governmental international organizations in
consultative status with IMO. Full details can be found here.
IMO has taken part in the Pacific
Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety in Suva, Fiji (25-27 March), which
considered the progress of Pacific Island countries and territories
following the last meeting of the Forum in 2012, at which a 12-point Action Plan
to improve domestic ferry safety had been developed. Nicolaos
Charalambous, Director Technical Cooperation Division, represented IMO
at the event, which was jointly organized by IMO and the Secretariat of
the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
A regional workshop organized by IMO, in cooperation with the Government of Angola, is being held in Luanda, Angola (24-27 March), to discuss the implementation of the Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa, through the establishment of the Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC), to be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. (click
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