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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

IMO and Industry Associations' review of "Year of the Seafarer", Piracy and Climate Change

The IMO Secretary General and senior staff met with representatives of the leading Industry Associations this week to discuss progress and activities related to the IMO's "Year of the Seafarer" (YOTS) campaign, continuing concerns over Piracy, and the latest developments in the IMO on Climate Change activities. INTERTANKO was represented by Chairman Graham Westgarth and Managing Director Dr Peter Swift.


The Secretary General summarised the many activities undertaken by the IMO secretariat, the organisation and its members in support of the YOTS campaign. These included the recent Manila Conference, which adopted amendments to the 1978 STCW Convention, and other events in the Philippines, as reported in Weekly NEWS 26/2010. For their part, the Industry Associations highlighted several of the initiatives that they have undertaken already this year, aimed primarily at acknowledging the role and service of seafarers in support of the global economy and society at large, and renewed efforts focussed on welfare and wellbeing concerns for ships' crews. The many additional contributions made by shipowners and industry associations to the seafarers' charity organisations were also highlighted. The meeting attendees agreed to continue to promote the objectives of the YOTS campaign and anticipated that many of the aims, such as fair treatment and proper regulatory regimes, would remain as key objectives in future years.


The IMO Council has adopted as the theme for World Maritime Day (WMD) 2011 "Piracy: orchestrating the response" and the meeting took the opportunity to review current developments in piracy together with future plans and actions within the IMO. The Industry Associations have been invited to contribute to the IMO's Work Programme/Action List on the WMD theme. Within INTERTANKO this will initially involve the Human Element Committee and the Secretariat before a review by the Council at its October meeting. It is anticipated that much of the work will retain a focus on concerns for the safety and welfare of ships' crews before and during transit, and naturally, in addition, in the unfortunate event of capture as well as post-release.


During discussion of the above, it was observed that the recent declaration of 25 June as the annual International Seafarer Day will provide the opportunity to place both an international and local spotlight on the importance of the seafarer and to link this to the various IMO and Industry activities.


The IMO secretariat summarised the IMO's programme on Climate Change and the work of the MEPC, including a preliminary assessment of the current intersessional activities. Industry welcomed the recent indications that there was political recognition that shipping should not be hit with a "double count on funding" and that any sourcing of funds from shipping for adaptation and mitigation projects should be established through IMO mechanisms. Additionally Industry expressed a very strong view that the Common But Differentiated Responsibility principle, as enshrined within the Kyoto Protocol, had no place in any IMO legislation related to Greenhouse Gas emission measures.


In a concluding discussion on the Image of the Industry and the harmonisation of the Industry's voice, it was noted that it was possibly more important to support existing projects rather than to embark on new ones. Specific reference was made to the success being achieved by the Maritime Industry Foundation's Knowledge Centre and to the article in Lloyd's List that appeared that day (14 July).


Click here for a copy of the Press Brief issued at the conclusion of the meeting.


Contact: Peter Swift