International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Organisation maritime internationale (OMI)
Organización Maritima Internacional (OMI)

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History

6 Mar 1948, Geneva (Switzerland), as Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) -- Organisation intergouvernementale consultative de la navigation maritime (OMCI) -- Organización Consultiva Maritima Intergubernamental (OCMI), during Maritime Conference of the United Nations, on conclusion of a Convention which came into force 17 Mar 1958, after acceptance by 21 states (7 having a minimum tonnage of 1 million gross tons). Current title adopted 22 May 1982, on entry into force of amendments to the Convention passed at Assembly in Nov 1975. On the basis of a relationship agreement concluded on 13 Jan 1959, recognized as the specialized agency of United Nations (UN) in the field of shipping, coming within United Nations System and linked to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Aims

Provide machinery for cooperation among governments on technical matters affecting international merchant shipping and, having special responsibility for safety and security of life at sea, ensure achievement of the highest possible standards of safety at sea and of efficient navigation; prevent pollution caused by ships and other craft operating in the marine environment (both sea and atmosphere).

Future Events

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 London, UK – Extraordinary Session

2019 London, UK – Meeting of the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on Search and Rescue

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 London, UK – Meeting of the Joint IMO/ITU Experts Group on Maritime and Radiocommunication Matters

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 Perth, Australia – SPILLCON : Asia Pacific oil spill conference

2019 London, UK – Session

2019 London, UK – Meeting

Past Events(11)

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Activities

Politics/policy/regulatory. Management of treaties and agreements:

/On maritime safety/:

 • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1948;

 • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) with the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 and the Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS PROT 1988);

 • International Convention on Load Lines (LL) and the Protocol Relating to the International Convention on Load Lines (1988);

 • Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement, 1971 (STP) and the Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships (1973);

 • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG) (1972);

 • International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) (1972);

 • Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT) and Operating Agreement (1976), setting up Inmarsat;

 • The Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels (SFV) and the Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the SAfety of Fishing Vessels (SFV PROT 1993) relating to SFV and absorbing parent convention;

 • Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977;

 • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) (1978);

 • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) (1995);

 • International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) (1979).

/On marine pollution/:

 • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) (1973/1978), with protocols: International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships as Modified by the Protocol of 1978; Protocol of 1997 to Amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as Modified by the Protocol of 1978 Relating Thereto (MARPOL PROT 1997);

 • International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (INTERVENTION), with protocols: Protocol of 1973 to the International Convention Relating to Intervention of the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties; Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Marine Pollution by Substances other Than Oil (INTERVENTION PROT 1973);

 • Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter (LDC) (1972) and the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter (LC Prot 1996);

 • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Cooperation (OPRC) and the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Cooperation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances (OPRC-HNS 2000);

 • International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (2001);

 • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM 2004);

 • Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

/On liability and compensation/:

 • International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) with protocols: Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1976; Protocol to Amend the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1984; Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992;

 • 'International Convention on Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (1971)', setting up IOPC Fund and the 'Protocol of 1992 relating to the International convention on the establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage' and the Protocol of 2003;

 • Convention Relating to Civil Liability in the Field of Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Material (NUCLEAR) (1971);

 • Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea (PAL) (1974) with protocols: Protocol to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1976; Protocol to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1990; Protocol to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 2002;

 • Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) (1976) and the Protocol of 1996 to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims;

 • International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS) (1996) and Protocol of 2010 to Amend the International Convention of Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS PROT 2010);

 • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (BUNKERS) (2001);

 • Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 (Nairobi WRC 2007);

 • Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (Hong Kong Convention).

/On other subjects/:

 • Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL) (1965);

 • International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE) (1969);

 • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT) with Protocol of 2005 to the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT 2005), and Protocol of 2005 to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA 2005);

 • International Convention on Salvage (1989).

/Other IMO Agreements/:

 • Agreement Concerning Specific Stability Requirements for Ro-ro Passenger Ships Undertaking Regular Scheduled International Voyages Between, to or from Designated Ports in North West Europe and the Baltic Sea (SOLAS AGR 1996).

/Conventions adopted in cooperation with other bodies/:

 • International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to Arrest of Sea-going Ships (1952);

 • United Nations Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages (1993);

 • International Convention on Arrest of Ships (1999).

IMO also maintains the secretariat of Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Convention/Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Protocol.

Covers many issues previously handled through Diplomatic Conference of International Maritime Law and works with OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Commission). A partner with UNEP in organizing Regional Seas Programme. With INMARSAT and ITU, developed Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS / SMDSM), which came into force on 1 Feb 1992 and, since 1 Feb 1999, with which all ships must comply. With FAO, UNESCO and WMO, set up what is now Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). IMO was also instrumental in setting up: Operative Network of Regional Cooperation among Maritime Authorities of South America, Mexico, Panama and Cuba (ROCRAM); Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean (REMPEITC-Carib); Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC); World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö (Sweden). As of 2008, International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) is organized under the aegis of IMO.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 141 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 78 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 176 countries
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Subjects *

  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Shipping
    • Maritime
  • Societal Problems
    • Safety
    • Pollution
  • Research, Standards
    • Navigation
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

UIA Org ID

B1117

Last News Received

1. Jun 2018
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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