IMO Assembly adopts key safety and environmental resolutions

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Assembly meeting finally came to a close this Friday (2nd December) following a two-week session which saw decisions taken on some of the key technical issues handled by the organisation, alongside many of the main administrative matters which need to be addressed by the United Nations (UN) agency. 

On the substantive industry matters discussed during the meeting, agreement was reached on an Assembly Resolution on piracy, part of which requests the IMO Secretary General to transmit this Resolution to the UN Secretary General for his consideration and action. From the Marine Environment Protection Committee, revised Guidelines for the designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) were adopted alongside amendments to the Ship Recycling Guidelines and an agreement to develop a legally binding instrument on ship recycling.  

Procedures for the Voluntary Audit Scheme were also adopted at the meeting together with an agreement on the future development of the scheme. This will likely include security matters and a code for the implementation of mandatory instruments. The go-ahead for the development of Guidelines on the fair treatment of seafarers in the event of an accident was also given by the Assembly this week. This initiative came from a joint meeting between the IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the treatment of seafarers.  

Reports from the two main committees which met during the Assembly fortnight can be viewed here:

Administrative, Financial, Legal And Technical Co-Operation Committee

Technical Committee to the Plenary  

All of these issues as adopted were consistent with INTERTANKO's objectives. 

Contact: Joe Angelo or Tim Wilkins