Myanmar Accedes to Treaty Covering Bunker Oil Pollution Damage
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty ensuring that adequate compensation is available to persons that suffer damage caused by oil spills, when carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers, has been ratified by Myanmar. The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (BUNKER) applies to damage caused on the territory, including the territorial sea, and in exclusive economic zones of States under the Convention. Under the Convention, the registered owner of a vessel is required to maintain compulsory insurance cover…
IMO Secretary-General Comments on Sanchi Tanker Disaster
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that his organization's thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. "I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved one," he said in a statement. Lim commended those involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship. “This is an ongoing situation which we are monitoring.
IMO Secretary-General Addresses MEPC Meeting
The IMO issued a summarized the address made by IMO Secretary-General William O'Neil at the commencement of the 49th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). He discussed issues to be considered during deliberations on the European proposal to advance the phase-out date for single-hull oil tankers and efforts to finalize the draft convention on ballast water management.
Word Maritime University Anniversary Celebrated at IMO
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden, with an event which included speeches from the current and former WMU Chancellors & the WMU President. WMU was established at the beginning of the 1980s, when IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly-educated maritime experts, particularly in lesser developed nations. It was to address this gap that IMO…
Russia Names Nominee for IMO Secretary General
The Russian Federation has nominated Vitaly Klyuev, Russia’s Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, as a candidate for the post of Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marking the first time ever that a candidate from Russia will compete for the IMO SG's post. Russia has been a member state of the IMO since the organization’s inception. Voting for the IMO Secretary General post will begin in June 2015, and the new Secretary General will assume the office from January 1, 2016.
IMO States Commitment at Rio+20
Presenting his vision at the panel discussion on “Sustainable Maritime Development - Contribution of Maritime Transport to Green Growth and Inclusive Development”, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that the promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development would be one of the major priorities of his tenure as IMO Secretary-General. “Shipping is an essential component of any programme for sustainable development. The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry, and this is provided by the comprehensive regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO,” Mr. Sekimizu said. “Through its technical co-operation activities, IMO helps build capacity to enable developing countries to participate fully in maritime activities.
Turkey Ratifies Ballast Water Convention
Turkey today, October 14, ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, bringing the number of Contracting States to 43 countries, representing approximately 32.54% of world merchant shipping tonnage. 35% of global tonnage will trigger entry into force of the Convention, which addresses the problem of invasive species being transported around the world in ships’ ballast water. Turkey’s instrument of accession was presented by His Excellency Abdurrahman Bilgiç…
FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General
The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) Joint Manning Group (JMG) honored IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu at a welcome lunch, held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. Attended by stakeholders from the various sectors of the Philippine maritime industry, the event also featured discussions on crucial issues, which include the STCW Manila Amendments, the EMSA report on the country’s compliance to STCW requirements, anti-piracy efforts, and the importance of Filipino seafarers to the world’s merchant fleet. The Joint Manning Group is composed of the Philippine Maritime Industry’s five leading manning agencies – the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc.
Former IMO Sec-Gen Emeritus Passes Away Aged 93
IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritme Organization (IMO), has died in Italy, aged 93. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s remaining family, and also the condolences of the entire IMO membership and staff. ”It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. C.P. Srivastava, the longest-serving Secretary-General of the Organization,” Mr. Sekimizu said. ”Dr. C.P. Dr.
IMO/EC Report on Meeting
The IMO and the European Commission (EC) issued a Joint Communiqué reporting on the recent meeting between IMO Secretary-General Mitropoulos and EC Commissioner for Transport Barrot. During the meeting, the parties discussed the EC’s Third Maritime Safety Package; EU competencies and IMO treaties; the Green Paper on Ocean and Seas; and EC membership of IMO and relations between the two institutions. Source: HK Law
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.
Indonesia Pledges Support for Ferry Safety
The Indonesian Minister for Transportation Ignasius Jonan, visited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) April 28, confirming his country’s support for the IMO’s initiative to establish global safety standards for domestic ferries. This follows the adoption in Manila, Philippines, last week of guidelines to address the topic. The minister also told IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu of his country’s plans to expand and modernize its maritime sector, prioritizing maritime education and training, and promised continued support for IMO’s Sweden-based World Maritime University.
IMO Secretary-General Receives Honorary Doctorate of Science
The IMO issued a News Release stating that London’s City University has conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) upon William O’Neil, Secretary-General. Source: HK Law
IMO Raises Seafarer Issues with US
IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos and US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge met at IMO Headquarters on Friday, 14 January 2005 to discuss maritime security issues of mutual concern. During the meeting, Mr. Ridge expressed appreciation to IMO and its Member States for the rapid and comprehensive international response to maritime security issues following the September 2001 attacks in the United States, including the adoption of the special measures to enhance maritime security which entered into force on 1 July 2004 as part of the SOLAS Convention. Mr. Mitropoulos referred to work carried out by IMO in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on seafarer identification.
UN Sec. Gen. Supports Anti-Piracy Extension
IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos wrote to Mr. Ban last month proposing that the mandate be extended. Mr. Ban has now confirmed that he supports the proposal and will be conveying the same to the Security Council, together with the concerns expressed by IMO and international shipping and seafaring organizations.
Denmark Nominates Nordseth for IMO Sec. Gen.'s Post
Denmark nominates Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth for the post as Secretary General of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). Today, Minister for Business and Growth Henrik Sass Larsen has announced that Denmark will nominate Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth as a candidate for the post as Secretary General of the IMO. The post will become vacant on 1 January 2016 as present Secretary General Koji Sekimizu will resign from his position at the end of 2015.
IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation
A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Hugo Martinez, signed the Letter of Understanding on technical cooperation between the Government of El Salvador and IMO, which outlines the intention of IMO to assist El Salvador in implementing important IMO international conventions, including the MARPOL, OPRC and STCW treaties.
IMO Head to Address Interferry Conference
Korea’s Kitack Lim, whose term as IMO secretary-general began January 1, will address the opening conference session on October 17, following an invitation inspired by 10 years of IMO and Interferry cooperation to improve domestic ferry safety in developing nations. The campaign has recently focused on Southeast Asia, where an estimated 10,000 have died in domestic ferry incidents since the year 2000. Last year the joint initiative progressed with a special conference in Manila…
Six Candidates for Position of IMO Secretary-General
By the deadline of March 31, 2011, six candidates had been nominated by their Governments for the position of Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The election for the post will be held at the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which meets from June 27 to July 1, 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from 21 to 30 November 2011, for its approval. The nominations received are listed below in alphabetical order by candidates’ name. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. The present incumbent, Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, ends his second four-year term as Secretary-General on December 31, 2011.
World Maritime Day Theme Launched
The critical link between shipping and global society is the main focus for this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Shipping: indispensable to the world". The theme for 2016 was launched by IMO Secretary-General Lim as he opened the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (18 January). Mr. Lim said that without shipping, importing and exporting goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would simply not be possible. He encouraged Member States and the entire…
Secretary-General O'Neil Discusses Human Element
IMO Secretary-General William O'Neil delivered a Speech on the Human Element at the Manning and Training Conference in London hosted by the International Shipping Federation. He noted that maritime safety, security, and environmental compliance ultimately rely on ships that are fully manned by well-trained and motivated crews. The ISM Code and the revised STCW Convention assist in moving the industry in that direction. Source: HK Law
ICAO, IMO and WCO Promote Supply Chain Security
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu welcomed his counterparts, Raymond Benjamin, Secretary-General, ICAO, and Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General, WCO, to IMO Headquarters on Monday, July 8, where the three considered the further enhancement of collaboration between the Organizations in the fields of aviation, border and maritime security and facilitation. ICAO and the IMO perform their roles as specialized agencies of the United Nations, while the WCO is an independent intergovernmental body.
Myanmar accedes to CLC Protocol
Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession to the 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC). The efforts to bring the legislation into national law followed the participation of Myanmar at a five-day workshop hosted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in November 2015, during which Government officials from Myanmar gained insight into IMO treaties on liability and compensation and the benefits, rights and obligations of Parties to these conventions.