Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC)

Technical enquiries

The Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC) does not respond to technical enquiries.  All technical enquiries should be directed to the relevant national maritime Administration or to the flag Administration (National Contacts) which are the appropriate channels for dissemination of IMO technical information.   Implementation of IMO instruments is also the responsibility of national Administrations.   You will find Contact Points on IMO's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS)  (Registration is required) 

Our Address

Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC)
International Maritime Organization
4 Albert Embankment 
London SE17SR
United Kingdom


Opening Hours

10 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday  Appointments are required to visit the MKC.

Schedule an Appointment to visit the Maritime Knowledge Centre  

Request an appointment by email to   Your email should include your affiliation and the reason for your planned visit the Maritime Knowledge Centre.  

 ***The Maritime Knowledge Centre will be closed to visitors between Monday December 19, 2022 - Monday 16 January 2023 inclusive***

Access to the IMO Secretariat 

Security formalities are in place to enter the IMO Secretariat.   Please be prepared by having valid identification document with you such as a passport, identity card or driving license. Students and researchers should provide a valid student card or a letter of recommendation from their university or institute.

For additional information about contacting or accessing IMO, please see the Contact Us section
of the IMO web site.