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.   Contact Points are available 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 SE1 7SR
United Kingdom


Opening Hours

10 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  Appointments are required to visit the MKC.   The MKC will be closed to external visitors between 26 March to 8 April 2024 inclusive.

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.

Access to the IMO Secretariat 

Security formalities are in place to enter the IMO Secretariat.   Please be prepared by having a 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.