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Saturday, January 20, 2018

IMO'S ASSEMBLY FAST TRACK KEY LEGISLATION

Having completed the election proceedings in the first week of the meeting, the IMO Assembly has in the second week adopted a structured and swift approach to the more technical and substantive issues affecting the shipping industry. In particular the Assembly has produced several new resolutions during the meeting which are expected to be adopted at the final session on Friday 30 November.

Taking up Secretary General William O'Neil's initiative outlined in his opening speech, the Resolution on the prevention of Acts of Terrorism Against Ships, and their Crew and Passengers, has gained unanimous support. In particular, the USA ensured that the issue maintained momentum by funding a Diplomatic Conference next year which will allow for a fast track adoption of the resolution. The resolution itself requests the IMO, in conjunction with other United Nations organisations, to review its current legislation and ensure that it is updated to take into account security measures to prevent future acts of terrorism.

Resolutions on air pollution and anti-fouling paints were among the many adopted during the two weeks. The ratification of MARPOL's air pollution annex (Annex VI) received attention firstly with the ratification of the convention by the Bahamas and then by the development and adoption of a resolution encouraging other States to ratify the Annex.

Following the completion of the anti-fouling paints Convention some two months ago, the Assembly also adopted a further resolution which will help the industry to implement this new Convention. The resolution on early and effective implementation of the anti-fouling Convention states that countries should inform IMO of any approved, restricted or prohibited substances under domestic law and subsequently ensures that this information is disseminated by the IMO to industry. This can be seen as a positive step in assisting the shipping industry in choosing alternatives to TBT based anti-fouling paints. INTERTANKO will ensure that information received from the IMO is disseminated to members via the Weekly News and our web site http://www.intertanko.com/

For further information or copies of the aforementioned Resolutions please contact Tim WilkinsSee also Weekly News 47 for further articles on IMO's 22nd Assembly meeting.