A table-top exercise on maritime security has been held in Kingston, Jamaica (30 June-1 July), organized by IMO in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).
The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea. The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine geoengineering activities to be permitted only when the activity is assessed as constituting legitimate scientific research. Currently, only ocean fertilization for research purposes may be permitted.
Peru has acceded to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), the IMO treaty designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water.
An IMO workshop in Djibouti (1-2 June) has addressed ways to reduce the effects of biofouling, which occurs when aquatic organisms accumulate on ships’ hulls with potentially harmful effects for marine ecosystems.
This video reports on continuing efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) to promote the advancement of women in shipping. It puts the spotlight on the outcome of the 2014 “Maritime Women: Global Leadership” conference held by WMU in Malmo, Sweden, and co-sponsored by IMO.
Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. However, through its global programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector, IMO is making a concerted effort to help the industry move on from that tradition and to help women achieve a representation within it that is more in keeping with twenty-first century expectations.
During a meeting in the city of Alexandria (Egypt) with the Minister of Transport of that country, Saad El-Giushy, Minister of Maritime Affairs of Panama, Jorge Barakat Pitty, established mechanisms for cooperation in maritime matters, between Panama and Egypt.
Mandatory requirements relating to periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear are on the agenda of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE), which is meeting for its 3rd session (14-18 March) at IMO Headquarters. The Sub-Committee will work towards finalizing draft amendments to SOLAS chapter III and the draft mandatory MSC resolution on Requirements for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear, for submission to the Maritime Safety Committee for adoption.