IMO Assembly agenda includes ship recycling, PSSAs, mandatory pilotage and its model member state audit scheme

All the flags up outside the IMO’s headquarters on London’s Albert Embankment evidence that the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization is meeting this week and next, attended by all the heads of delegation and various other diplomats. 

The Assembly is there to receive technical reports from the main committees [such as the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)] and to handle administrative, financial and legal matters. INTERTANKO is participating in the technical aspects of the meeting. It also discusses the strategy and planning for the Organization for the next six years (2006-2011), and agrees on the high-priority items for the next biennium. 

On the MEPC report, two significant approvals include the go-ahead for a legally binding instrument on ship recycling, to be developed and completed by the 2008-2009 biennium, and the revised guidelines for the designation of PSSAs (Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas). 

On the MSC report, one significant issue relates to mandatory pilotage in the Danish Straits. 

The IMO’s model member state audit scheme is also of high importance at this meeting, with a progress report from the MEPC, MSC and the Technical-Cooperation Committee on their input to this work. The Assembly will agree on a Draft Resolution which outlines the framework and procedures (also referred to in the Resolution as the 'Code') for the audit scheme. 

The IMO issued a Press Release stating that Secretary-General Mitropoulos opened the 24th session of the Assembly in London. 

The U.K. Department for Transport released the speech delivered by Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman to the IMO concerning various shipping issues including skills, navigation, security, high quality ships, and administration.  

Contact: Tim Wilkins