Translation Services


The Translation Services deal with the timely provision of all translations required by the meetings, as well as language support to editorial committees, ensuring that deadlines are consistently met during all the stages of document production. 

The Translation Services include six Translation Sections, incorporating the Word Processing Units.


  • Arabic Translation Section - 2nd floor, rear wing
  • Chinese Translation Section - 2nd floor, rear wing
  • English Translation Section - 3rd floor, rear wing
  • French Translation Section - 4th floor, rear wing
  • Russian Translation Section - 2nd floor, rear wing
  • Spanish Translation Section - 3rd floor, rear wing

UN French Language Day

To highlight and promote gender equality, the French Translation Section of the International Maritime Organization has developed a Guide on gender-neutral language, offering several solutions for a more inclusive communication without gender stereotypes. This publication will be launched on 20 March, when the United Nations celebrates French Language Day.Official


The six official languages at IMO are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  The reports of Committees, Assembly Resolutions and Council Decisions are translated into all six languages.

Working Languages

The three working languages at IMO are: English, French and Spanish.  All documents are translated into the three working languages.