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International Maritime Organization (IMO)


The International Maritime organization is a specialized agency within the framework of the United Nations, aimed at establishing measures to improve safety for international shipping and prevent environmental pollution caused by ships. It is also competent on legal issues relating to accountability and compensation for shipping accidents, as well as facilitating international marine traffic. The IMO was established pursuant to an international convention, signed under the auspices of the UN in Geneva, in 1948. Today the Organization numbers 169 member states.  The IMO Assembly meets once every two years at the Organization’s set in London. The IMO Council has 40 member states, divided into three categories. Category A comprises 10 member states with the largest commercial fleet size, category B comprises 10 other states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade, and category C includes 20 non-elected states with an increasing presence in the field of international maritime transport.

Our country, given its significant presence in the field of international shipping has been elected member of the Council for years under category A.

Two of the most important conventions that have been adopted by member states within the IMO framework is the 1974 SOLAS convention (Safety Of Life At Sea), revised and extended in 1995, and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which was adopted in 1973 and was revised in 1978.

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