The IMO issued a notice stating that the report of the Ad Hoc Steering Group for Reducing Administrative Requirements (SG-RAR) has been received and that the Council, in general, agreed to its recommendations and has taken action toward their adoption.
This publication presents the main findings and conclusions of the first-ever public consultation undertaken by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on
administrative burdens associated with mandatory IMO instruments, i.e. conventions, codes and other instruments.
In order to encourage the widest possible participation by everyone with an interest in or relevant knowledge of or work experience with IMO regulations, the consultation was launched under the banner “Have your say!” on a dedicated webpage. The webpage was active over a period of six months (May-October 2013) and responses could be given either on behalf of an organization or in a personal capacity.
All responses were processed and analysed by the Steering Group for Reducing Administrative Requirements (SG-RAR) supported by the IMO Secretariat. The Steering Group was established by IMO’s Council and its tasks were to review responses from the consultation and develop recommendations for consideration by the Council.
Having decided that the outcome of the consultation process should be made available publicly, in the interest of full transparency, the Council approved, in general, the final report, of which this publication is a summary.
The main objective of the consultation was to identify those administrative requirements in mandatory IMO instruments perceived as “unnecessary, disproportionate or obsolete”. These requirements may therefore hinder effective regulatory compliance, making it more complex and difficult, with implications for the efficiency of the daily operations of shipping. Administrative requirements are, amongst others, obligations to keep records, display information on board the ship, retain seafarer certificates for inspection, and provide information to authorities or to IMO.