IMO Set to Adopt Global Mandatory Audit Scheme
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 28th session in London, is expected, amongst other matters, to adopt key resolutions and amendments relating to the Organization’s mandatory audit scheme, paving the way for the scheme to come into effect by 2016 once amendments to mandatory instruments have entered into force.
The mandatory audit scheme is seen as a key tool for assessing Member States’ performance in meeting their obligations and responsibilities as flag, port and coastal States under the relevant IMO treaties and then offering the necessary assistance, where required, for them to meet their obligations fully and effectively.
The Assembly is expected to adopt the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code), which provides a global standard to enable States to meet their obligations as flag, port and/or coastal States; the Framework and Procedures for the IMO Member State Audit Scheme; the 2013 non-exhaustive list of obligations under instruments relevant to the III Code; and a resolution on transitional arrangements.
As an aside: On the evening of the opening day of the Assembly, on Monday 25 November, the 2013 IMO Awards for Exceptional Bravery at Sea and Certificates of Commendation will be presented at a special ceremony.