IMO shares its vision and strategic directions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO Assembly met for its 30th session at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom (27 November to 6 December). The Assembly was the largest-ever gathering at IMO Headquarters in London, attended by some 1,400 participants, including 56 at the ministerial level, from 165 Member States, as well as observers from inter-governmental and non-governmental…

IMO – Port State Control regimes collaboration

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO issued a news release stating that port state control regimes have pledged to strengthen their collaboration with the IMO and amongst themselves. They also agreed to consider moving away from ‘black/grey/white’ lists toward expanding an individual ship risk profile approach. A recent workshop (24-26 October) for port State control (PSC) MoU/Agreement Secretaries…

New IMO guidelines will help reduce accidents during Lifeboat drills

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) IMO has agreed new guidelines developed by shipowner organisations to tackle the problem of lifeboat accidents. Proposals put forward by Intertanko and others to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) should reduce the risks faced by seafarers during lifeboat drills. In fairly quick succession, MSC’s 97th meeting in November last year, followed by the…

IMO: New project concept to address major aquatic invasive species

(Join our newsfeed at http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation. The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) –…

IMO further pushes back Ballast Water Compliance Dates

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finished up its 71st meeting with new resolutions on Ballast Water Management among others. The most noteworthy resolution to emerge from MEPC 71 was a new implementation scheme for Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements. The new plan requires compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention standards at the…