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26 February 2021

African Regional webinar builds support for the 2012 Cape Town Agreement

Attendees at the African regional webinar discussed the benefits of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement as a tool to improve fishing vessel safety in countries' territorial waters. 

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25 February 2021

IMO regional pollution centre assists with oil spill incident in Israel

REMPEC is assisting the competent authorities of Israel with technical expertise regarding the beaching of a large quantities of tar balls on the Israeli shoreline.

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18 February 2021

Croatia accedes to fishing vessel safety treaty

Croatia has deposited its instrument of accession to become Contracting State to the 2012Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, demonstrating increasing Member State support for the regulations designed to safeguard fishing vessels and their crews. 

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16 February 2021

Croatia accedes to ship recycling convention

Croatia is the latest country to accede to IMO's treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.

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16 February 2021

Covid, “white list” and training in focus at Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping Sub-Committee

The adverse effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on seafarers; digitalisation of certificates and documents of seafarers; training quality issues; and potential measures to facilitate mandatory seagoing service under the Convention are under discussion at the seventh session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 7)

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11 February 2021

FAL Convention at heart of IMO response to illegal wildlife trade

At a webinar on ‘Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking in Maritime Transport’ Josephine Uranza, IMO Regional Coordinator, Regional Presence for Technical Cooperation in East Asia highlighted the efforts being undertaken to curb illegal wildlife trade.

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03 February 2021

IMO welcomes Neptune Declaration on seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the industry-led Neptune Declaration, which calls for seafarers to be designated as key workers and for cooperation to end the crew change crisis. 

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29 January 2021

Addressing financial challenges of sustainable shipping

Work to address the financial challenges of shipping’s transition to a more sustainable future has continued this week with a meeting of the FIN-SMART Roundtable Workstream 1. The Roundtable provides a platform for regular dialogue among key maritime stakeholders to support accelerating financial flows, particularly in developing countries, for the decarbonization of the maritime sector. This is carried out in line with country priorities and the goals of the IMO Initial Strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships. 

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23 December 2020

Maintaining connectivity during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created important challenges in terms of coordinating work on safety and security within the Central and West African common maritime space. To address this, IMO helped set up a new video conferencing service for the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.  

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