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    Day of the Seafarer 2024

    Day of the seafarer is an official United Nations international observance day which takes place every year on 25 June. Organized by IMO, it aims to increase awareness of the world's 1.5 million seafarers.

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    Red Sea area

    Conflict-related attacks in the Red Sea area - general information.

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    IMO’s work to cut GHG emissions from ships

    IMO is contributing to the global fight against climate change. In 2023, IMO adopted the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, with enhanced targets to tackle harmful emissions. The revised IMO GHG Strategy includes an enhanced common ambition to reach net-zero GHG emissions from international shipping close to 2050.

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    Supporting Seafarers: resources and general information

    Seafarers are a key part of the shipping industry, and they are at the heart of IMO’s activities. Seafarers and their relatives can find useful information and resources about their work and rights on this page.

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    IMO and the oceans

    As the United Nations agency responsible for developing and adopting measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships, IMO has an integral role in meeting the targets set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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    Marine litter – how IMO is part of the solution

    Marine litter presents a huge problem in our oceans. But IMO and others have been taking action, by regulating the discharge of garbage from ships and supporting research work.

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    Safe transport of containers

    IMO has developed and adopted a number of requirements to ensure the safe carriage of containers and has also developed specific guidance for packing and securing of containers.

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    IMO and autonomous shipping

    IMO has a key strategic direction to Integrate new and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework. IMO is currently assessing existing IMO instruments to see how they might apply to ships with varying degrees of automation, through a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS).

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