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16 March 2021

Calling for a Fair Future for Seafarers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have  faced difficult working conditions including uncertainties about port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation. Seafarers' rights to be treated fairly remain at the forefront of IMO’s work. The 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign is calling for a fair future for seafarers. 


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05 March 2021

Innovative partnerships for a sustainable maritime future

One year after its creation, IMO's Department for Partnerships and Projects (DPP) has bold ambitions to expand its portfolio of global and regional projects. These new initiatives will further support developing countries to address the world's most pressing ocean and environmental challenges, including climate change, marine litter and biodiversity. 

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02 March 2021

Working together to regulate waste dumping at sea

Preventing pollution from dumping of wastes at sea relies on global frameworks, regional conventions and protocols, and national regulations. To be effective, these need to be aligned and implemented effectively. This was the subject of a recent meeting (2 March) organised by IMO's Office of the London Protocol and Ocean Affairs (OLCP&OA) and UNEP/MAP.

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02 March 2021

Peru accedes to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety

Peru has shown its support for the safety of fishing vessels and their crews by depositing its instrument of accession to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on 26 February. This makes it the 16th country to become a Contracting State to the Agreement, following in the footsteps of Croatia, which had acceded on 16 February.

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01 March 2021

Pacific hub ports concept explored for regional crew change and repatriation

The concept of “hub” ports to receive, quarantine, test for COVID-19 and potentially vaccinate seafarers in the Pacific region was explored at a recent roundtable meeting (25 February) involving representatives from States in the region, UN agencies, the shipping industry, the relevant trade union organization and the Pacific Islands Forum. 

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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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