Belgium Accedes to Oil Pollution Response Treaty
Belgium has become the 112th State to accede to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC). The treaty establishes measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either nationally or in cooperation with other countries. Laurent Preud'homme, First Secretary of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom, deposited the instrument at IMO Headquarters in London, today (19 April). Preud'homme also deposited the instrument of accession for the Protocol to the OPRC relating to hazardous and noxious substances.
Norway First to Ratify Hazardous Cargo Treaty
Norway has become the first country to become a contracting state to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. The International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 2010 (2010 HNS Convention), when in force, will provide a regime of liability and compensation for damage caused by HNS cargoes transported by sea, complementing existing regimes already in force for the transport of oil as cargo…
New Iranian Ambassador Visits IMO
Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzedeh, the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO, visited IMO Headquarters January 28. There, Habibollahzedeh presented his letter of credentials to IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a member of IMO since 1958.
Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day
The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “Maritime education and training” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2015. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 112th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Sekimizu said that effective standards of training remained the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
Bahamas Pushes Martitime Activities
Bahamas' Prime Minister Christie has met with Global Shipping Giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), in Geneva. Principal and founder of MSC, Gianluigi Aponte and his senior management team met with Prime Minister at MSCs headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for two days of deliberations. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss about matters relating to the expiring concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and growth of MSCs investments in The Bahamas. Meanwhile, Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, H.E.
Norway First to Sign IMO Fishing Vessel Safety Protocol
The Kingdom of Norway has become the first State to sign the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977. Ms. Ida Skard, Director General, Maritime Department, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, signed the Agreement, at IMO Headquarters. The Cape Town Agreement of 2012 updates and amends a number of provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol.
ICS Welcomes IMO Progress on BW Issues
Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for ship operators. Speaking at IMO headquarters, ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked, “We are very pleased…
Indonesia Ratifies IMO Protocols, Reminded of Others
Republic of Indonesia accedes to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), Annexes III, IV, V and VI, & the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention). His Excellency Mr. T. M. Hamzah Thayeb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to IMO (the International Maritime Organization) handed over the two Instruments of Accession to IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu during a visit to IMO Headquarters.
UNDP and IMO Chiefs Meet
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu at IMO Headquarters on January 20, where the two highlighted common commitment to sustainable development and discussed the important role of maritime transportation in building the economies of developing countries. The leaders noted the two multimillion dollar partnerships projects executed by IMO in partnership with the UNDP to address the threat of invasive species in ships’ ballast water.
IMO Newcomer Belarus Accedes to Further Treaties
Just one week after becoming the 172nd member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Belarus has acceded to three IMO treaties covering a variety of ship safety measures, including conventions on load lines and facilitation of maritime traffic. Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the U.K., Sergei Aleinik, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London on December 5 to deposit the instruments of accession. Belarus deposited its instrument…
Counter-piracy Measures Still Needed
Merchant shipping should continue to take protective measures against possible piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean through diligent application of International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidance and Best Management Practices (BMPs). IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and Operation Commander Major General Rob Magowan of the EU Naval Force Operation Atalanta, which operates off the coast of Somalia, reiterated this key message when they met at IMO Headquarters in London on 6 October.
Peru Accedes to Ballast Water Management Convention
Peru has become the latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), a treaty designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water. On June 10, Ambassador of Peru to the United Kingdom, Claudio de la Puente Ribeyro, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London to hand over the instrument of accession. With the addition of Peru…
New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention
New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and will require ships to manage their ballast water, which can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and organisms, which are then carried across the globe. Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom…
Togo Accedes to Treaties Covering Unlawful Acts at Sea and Anti-fouling
Togo has acceded to two International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties dealing with unlawful acts against the safety of maritime navigation, and the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships. The SUA Protocol covers acts including the seizure of ships by force, acts of violence against persons on board ships, and the placing of devices on board a ship which are likely to destroy or damage it. Parties signed up the AFS Convention are required to prohibit and/or restrict the use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships flying their flag. Abra Dackey, Chargée d'Affaires a.i.
MSC Convenes in London
The 75th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) was convened at the IMO Headquarters in London 15 to 24 May. In his opening speech, the Secretary-General, Bill O'Neil, said that many important developments had occurred since the last meeting with terrorist attacks in New York and Washington having shaken the entire world. He reiterated that IMO's response was swift, firm and decisive - shipping should not be allowed to become a soft target for international terrorism. Arguments, such as the non-existence of an internationally accepted definition of terrorism and IMO's apolitical character were brushed aside and an action plan was put in place almost immediately after the tragic events. Source: INTERTANKO
IMO's Latest STCW Meeting
The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping held its 43rd Session at IMO Headquarters on Monday 30 April through Friday 4 May 2012 under the Chairmanship of Rear Admiral Peter Brady (Jamaica) who elected to step down on completion of the meeting. Mr Bradley Groves (Australia) was chosen as his successor whilst Mrs Mayte Medina (USA) was elected as the on-going Vice-Chairman.
A Helping Hand for IMO Environmental Regulation Compliance
Denmark has donated DKK 200,000 for the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). The money is intended to assist all countries in complying with the IMO requirements on ballast water management and CO2 emissions. DKK 200,000 from the Danish Foreign Ministry’s program for developing countries has just been sent to the IMO headquarters in London. Here, the money is to contribute to ensuring that all the member states are capable of meeting the requirements of the organization on ballast water management and CO2 emissions.
Netherlands Signs Wreck Removal Convention
The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention was adopted in May 2007 and will provide the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect adversely the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. The Convention is open for signature until 18 November 2008 and, thereafter, will be open for ratification, accession or acceptance. It will enter into force twelve months following the date on which ten States have either signed it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval or have deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with IMO. The Ambassador of The Netherlands to the , His Excellency Mr. P. W.
Launch of Seafarers’ Rights Center
IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos welcomed the launch of the Seafarers’ Rights International Centre, an independent forum dedicated to advancing seafarers’ interests, describing it as an important development on World Maritime Day, the theme of which is “2010: Year of the Seafarer”. The new Centre will be located at the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)’s London offices, with initial funding coming from the ITF’s Seafarers’ Trust. An international Advisory Board, currently 10-strong, has already been established and the Centre’s stakeholders will include seafarers, lawyers and other advisers, non-governmental organizations…
IMO, UNHCR Discuss Loss of Life in Unseaworthy Craft
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are both seriously concerned about the flow of people attempting to cross to Europe in small unseaworthy craft, from, among other regions, the Mediterranean and the Eastern North Atlantic, said Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of IMO, following a recent meeting at IMO headquarters in London with the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms. Erika Feller. The small craft involved are often precariously overloaded, leading to circumstances requiring consequential search and rescue operations, as well as reported problems in disembarking the people involved, who may include undocumented migrants, as well as asylum seekers and refugees.
Norway is First to Accede to Hong Kong Ship Recycling Treaty
Norway became the first contracting State to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, today, Wednesday, June 26. The Hong Kong Convention is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment. First Secretary Kristin Stockman, of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to the United Kingdom, deposited Norway’s instrument of accession at IMO headquarters.
PSSA Interactive Display Launched at IMO
A new interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) has been launched at IMO Headquarters and online at www.pssa.imo.org. A PSSA is an area that needs special protection through action by IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological or socio-economic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities. To date, IMO has designated 14 PSSAs. The new display and website include videos, pictures, maps, and graphic displays…
Arctic Indigenous Leaders Meet IMO Secretary-General
The safety and environmental impact of arctic shipping was on the agenda as International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim received a delegation of arctic indigenous leaders at IMO Headquarters, London (25 October). In the first meeting of its kind, a wide-range of issues surrounding climate change and the subsequent increase in number of ships operating in arctic waters were discussed. Secretary-General Lim outlined IMO’s work in this field, in the form of IMO’s Polar Code, which will enter into force in January 2017.