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IMO Member states in the Pacific Region were part of an active discussion exploring the national and regional benefits of ratifying and implementing the 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA), which aims to boost safety for fishing vessels and their crew.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization's decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies.
Emerging innovative solutions for low-carbon shipping were the focus of the International Conference-Exhibition on Maritime Technology for Climate Mitigation (Confex).
A new collaborative framework to combat illicit maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea, named Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum – SHADE, has been launched.
IMO's mandatory Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) schedule has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a remote audit mechanism has been agreed. To prepare for the rollout of remote audits, Member State representatives attended a virtual meeting (8 July) to learn about the modalities and how a remote audit process will be conducted.
More women are joining the maritime ranks in a variety of professions within the industry. To encourage this trend and with a view to continuing the momentum to empower women in the maritime community, IMO supported two virtual training courses aimed at female officials from maritime and port authorities.
An IMO regional webinar was held on 21-22 June to engage decision-makers from maritime administrations and fishery authorities in discussion about how the 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA) can help boost fishing safety once it is ratified.