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IMO study considers Mediterranean SOx ECA
A new IMO study will assess the benefits, costs and feasibility of implementing an emission control area (ECA) to limit sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea. 06 Jul 2018
IMO takes first steps to address autonomous ships
The IMO says it has commenced work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments. 29 May 2018
IMO plan to halve GHG emissions by 2020
At last week's MEPC meeting, the IMO set an absolute target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction across the global maritime industry for the first time. 17 Apr 2018
MEPC 72 kicks off to set initial GHG strategy
The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee MEPC 72 takes place from 9 to 13 April with the adoption of an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships one of the key items on the agenda. 10 Apr 2018
MARPOL Convention amendments come into force
The new International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) amendments have entered into force which update ship fuel oil reporting requirements, garbage classification and IOPP certificates. 08 Mar 2018
IMO and EBRD partner up for sustainable shipping
IMO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are partnering up to help promote sustainable shipping in the first such arrangement the body has had with a multilateral development bank. 12 Feb 2018
GHG goals should be ambitious, declares IMO
International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states have been told they should set ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. 28 Nov 2017
Consistent implementation the only option for 2020 sulphur limit
Consistent implementation is the only option when it comes to the 2020 0.50% limit on sulphur in fuel oil if ships want to avoid detention or being classed unseaworthy, says the IMO. 20 Nov 2017
Views differ after IMO emissions reduction talks
Shipping organisations involved in the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships are reportedly “broadly satisfied” with progress made during their second meeting last week. 30 Oct 2017
First engine emissions reducer fitted on Chinese research vessels
Oceanographers in China are to deploy the first Wärtsilä NOx abatement application in the country onboard two newbuild research vessels. 03 Aug 2017
Call to address HFO risks
The Clean Arctic Alliance has called on International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states to support a Canadian proposal to mitigate the risks posed by using heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters. 04 Jul 2017
Industry alliance to support decarbonisation
Thirteen leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine builders and suppliers, big data providers and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping towards a low carbon future. 03 Jul 2017
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ISO standard for safe bunkering of LNG ships
The clear need to standardise LNG bunkering operations for all stakeholders at the international level has finally been recognised in a new ISO standard set up to ensure LNG-fuelled vessels can bunker in a safe and sustainable way. 14 Feb 2017
IMO sets global sulphur cap for 2020
The global 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel will enter force on 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has agreed. 27 Oct 2016
European Parliament votes down shipping inclusion in ETS
The Industry Committee of the European Parliament adopted its report on the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) and stressed that the climate impact of shipping should be regulated at UN level. 19 Oct 2016
Singaporean venture designs enhanced sulphur scrubber
Scientists in Singapore have developed a revolutionary emissions abatement system that removes pollutants from exhaust gas to help the international shipping industry meet ambitious emissions targets. 28 Jun 2016
ICS urges alignment on CO2 rules
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is urging the EU to align CO2 emissions monitoring regulation with the mandatory worldwide reporting regime agreed by the IMO, warning that the current system is ‘completely unfit for purpose’. 07 Jun 2016
IMO workshops to promote energy efficiency
The IMO has held two international workshops to raise awareness of its regulations on energy efficiency and the control of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. 10 Mar 2016
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Mixed feelings from IMO on COP15
The IMO Secretary General speaks out about the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference 30 Dec 2009
IMO launches “Year of the Seafarer”
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) “launched” the theme for this year’s World Maritime Day – “2010: Year of the Seafarer” – at its London headquarters. 12 Jan 2010
Saudis sign anti-piracy Code
IMO reports that Saudi Arabia has lent its support to the Code of Conduct designed to combat the current high levels of piracy in the Indian Ocean. 10 Mar 2010
IMO to adopt new ship construction standards
International goal-based standards for new ship construction are set to be adopted when the Internation Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at IMO headquarters for its 87th session from 12 to 20 May 2010. 11 May 2010
World push for piracy action
An unprecedented coalition of organisations, from trade unions to shipowners’ associations and insurers, has joined forces to back a global e-petition demanding concrete action to end the piracy that is putting lives at risk and threatening world trade. 19 May 2010
IMO adopts ship construction regulations
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has instigated an historic change in the way international standards for ship construction is to be determined and implemented in the future. 24 May 2010
P&I club launches Marpol compliance poster campaign
The 110 million gt, ‘A’ rated North P&I club has launched a poster campaign to help its 375 member groups comply with the ever-changing requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). 25 May 2010
MARPOL and SOLAS amendments enter into force
IMO has reminded ship operators that today (1 July) new and more stringent regulations to reduce harmful emissions from ships, and enhanced safety regulations for passenger ships, come into force. 01 Jul 2010
IMO agrees amendments to STCW
At the recently concluded IMO diplomatic conference held in Manila, Philippines, the amendments to the International Convention and Code on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), were agreed. 05 Jul 2010
ISO standards improve quality of marine fuels
New editions of two ISO standards on marine fuels have been developed to meet higher international requirements for air quality, ship safety, engine performance and crew health. 06 Jul 2010
IMO World Maritime Day message
Today (23 September 2010) marks the 33rd celebration of World Maritime Day, the annual occasion when the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlights a key issue for IMO and the shipping industry. 23 Sep 2010
Carbon control high on agenda at IMO environment meeting
The reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping will be a major focus for discussion at the MEPC 61 meeting which takes place between 27 September and 1 October, 2010 at IMO Headquarters in London. 24 Sep 2010
CO2 control measures high on IMO agenda
The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) - 61st session was held recently at IMO’s headquarters in London. 13 Oct 2010
ECA approved for adoption at next MEPC session
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has approved a proposal to designate certain waters adjacent to coasts of Puerto Rico (United States) and the Virgin Islands (United States) as an Emission Control Area (ECA). 12 Oct 2010
IMO to amend SOLAS
Amendments to the IMO’s convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) and to improve lifeboat release hooks are set to be adopted. 02 Dec 2010
IMO takes action pre-COP16
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has circulated proposed draft regulations to make mandatory technical and operational measures - previously proposed on a volutary basis - to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from ships on international trade. 02 Dec 2010
Will shipping’s voice be heard at the UNFCCC?
There is concern that shipping and aviation will be used as a cash cow to help raise the $100 billion in funds a year needed by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change. 03 Dec 2010
Piracy comes under IMO spotlight
Within the context of International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day theme ‘Piracy: orchestrating the response’, a meeting took place on 28 February at IMO headquarters. 02 Mar 2011
IMO's MSC issues counter-piracy guidelines concerning armed security
The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved Interim guidance on the employment of armed security personnel on board ships transiting the Somali coast, the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean. 22 May 2011
IMO elects its next Secretary-General
Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012, for an initial term of four years. 29 Jun 2011
MEPC adopts mandatory GHG measures
The International Maritime Organization reports that the recent MEPC 62 meeting agreed mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping. 21 Jul 2011
IMO reminds maritime community of MARPOL amendments
Amendments to IMO’s MARPOL Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships enter into force on 1 August 2011, banning heavy fuel oil from the Antarctic and creating a new North American Emission Control Area (ECA). 29 Jul 2011
IMO Tier III and 0.1% SOx are not far away
IMO Tier III regulations on nitrogen oxides are the next challenge for engine manufacturers, writes Henrik Segercrantz, summarising the current situation with forthcoming exhaust emission limits. 30 Nov 2011
IMO reveals carbon breakthrough
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has unveiled a study into mandatory efficiency measures for shipping which confirms that implementation will lead to significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions 14 Nov 2011
IMO piracy and emission focus
IMO secretary general, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos told delegates at the 27th IMO assembly this week that piracy and ships' emissions have been central themes for the organisation this year. 23 Nov 2011
Changes in Secretariat at IMO
After taking office on 1 January 2012, the new secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization, Koji Sekimizu, has announced a number of changes in the structure of the IMO Secretariat. 03 Jan 2012
IMO is right body to deal with safety after Costa Concordia, says Sekimizu
IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu says that IMO is the right international body to deal with safety of passenger ships and, in particular, a safety review after the ‘Costa Concordia’ accident. 31 Jan 2012
IMO head praises ‘green shipping’ progress
Koji Sekimizu, secretary general of IMO, has been speaking of the progress made by shipping towards greater sustainability in an interview in the run up to the 25th SMM in September. 27 Feb 2012
MEPC63 paves the way for greener shipping
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its 63rd meeting at IMO HQ in London, running from 27 February to 2 March, has agreed to adopt a series of guidelines which will prove vital and far-reaching for shipping. 05 Mar 2012
IMO renews commitment to sustainability
On 25 June the IMO publicly renewed its commitment to sustainable development in the maritime industry and gave feedback on its input to the Rio+20 conference held last week in Brazil. 25 Jun 2012
North American ECA comes into effect
IMO has reminded shipowners that the North American Emission Control Area (ECA), under the MARPOL Convention, comes into effect from 1 August 2012, bringing in stricter controls on SOx, NOx and particulate matter. 01 Aug 2012
CSL's newbuilds eliminate pollution
Canadian ship owner, CSL, has removed oil from the stern tube and equipped nine of its new builds with Thordon seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings in a bid to comply with the ongoing strict IMO regulations to reduce air pollution. 04 Sep 2012
Lloyd’s Register introduces optimisation service
Lloyd’s Register has introduced its latest performance optimisation service, aimed at supporting shipowners, builders and designers to develop more efficient new and existing ship designs and retrofits for vessels already in service. 05 Sep 2012
IMO a century after the ‘Titanic’
27 September is the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day. This year’s theme, ‘IMO: One hundred years after the “Titanic”’, was chosen to reflect on passenger ship safety today, and into the future. 27 Sep 2012
Clean shipping on MEPC 64 agenda
The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meets for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The meeting’s agenda has now been announced. 27 Sep 2012
Milestone reached for monitoring service
A 20% increase in service demands this year, has pushed Propulsion Dynamics’ hull and propeller performance monitoring service, Casper, to reach its 5,000th report. 31 Oct 2012
IMO to update GHG inventory
International experts are meeting at International Maritime Organisation (IMO) headquarters this week to begin work on updating the inventory of greenhouse gases (GHG) from international shipping. 26 Feb 2013
Martek Marine gas detector advice
The UK’s marine safety systems provider, Martek Marine, has advised shipping companies to carry an adequate number of maintained and certified gas detectors to avoid potential corporate manslaughter charges. 15 May 2013
Final Approval for Wärtsilä’s Aquarius EC
Wärtsilä has received Final Approval from the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for its Aquarius EC ballast water management system (BWMS). 17 May 2013
EEDI modification for ferries
A sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ro-ro and ro-pax vessels has been agreed by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee – which shipping association Interferry is hailing as a victory for common sense. 21 May 2013
MEPC65 makes progress on GHGs
The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has reported on the outcome of its 65th session, held at IMO HQ in London from 13 to 17 May. 22 May 2013
Lower sulphur fuel in the spotlight
Government officials and industry representatives met in London on 11 September to discuss the future availability of low sulphur fuel in line with stricter IMO requirements. 11 Sep 2013
IMO looks at West and Central Africa piracy
The International Maritime Organization has pledged its support to assist with the implementation of a new Code of Conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa. 23 May 2013
World Maritime Day focuses on sustainability
26 September 2013 is the International Maritime Organization’s 36th World Maritime Day. 26 Sep 2013
New ballast water test group
The IMO has announced a new formal group of organisations that will be involved in testing for the certification of ballast water. 23 Oct 2013
IMO to act on PIBs
IMO’s Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from 21 to 25 October, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X for carriage by ship. 24 Oct 2013
EEDI first for Hapag-Lloyd ship
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new cruise ship, ‘Europa 2’, has become the first in the world to be awarded Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) certification by Germanischer Lloyd. 31 Oct 2013
28th IMO Assembly opens
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has opened the 28th session of the Assembly which will run until 4 December at IMO headquarters. 27 Nov 2013
MARPOL and SOLAS amendments take effect
The New Year saw amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention of the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) enter into force and take effect. 03 Jan 2014
World Maritime Day 2014 objectives
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “IMO conventions: effective implementation”, with the hope that 2014 could see genuine progress . 22 Jan 2014
Polar code close to implementation
Dag Pike looks at the increasing focus on Arctic shipping which has led to the IMO implementing a new code of safety to ensure safe ships and navigation in polar waters 18 Feb 2014
€1.2m pledged to support African administrations
The European Union is funding a €1.2m grant contract, signed between the IMO and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), to support training and capacity-building activities in Africa. 19 Mar 2014
MEPC completes 66th session at IMO
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met for its 66th session from 31 March to 4 April 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London. 07 Apr 2014
IMO and Bangladesh collaborate to improve ship-recycling standards
IMO has concluded an agreement with the Bangladesh Government on improvements to safety and environmental standards in the Bangladeshi ship-recycling industry. 11 Apr 2014
IMO MSC approves draft Polar Code
At the 93rd meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held at IMO HQ in London from 14 to 23 May, the committee approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related SOLAS amendments with a view to formal adoption in November. 28 May 2014
IGF Code agreed at IMO
The International Maritime Organization reports that the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels, the IGF Code, has been agreed by the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 1). 16 Sep 2014
FAL Convention revision approved
The Facilitation Committee (FAL) has approved a revised annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965, that will introduce the mandatory electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers. 03 Oct 2014
MEPC 67th session opens
The 67th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) session, which began yesterday, is set to be a busy five-day hearing, with a total of 145 documents submitted under 20 items on the agenda. 15 Oct 2014
IMO reports MEPC 67 outcome
The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 67th session at IMO headquarters in London from 13 to 17 October, and the following items were agreed. 24 Oct 2014
Work to 2020 sulphur deadline, ICS urges
The shipping and bunker refining industries should not rely on a postponement to the IMO’s global 0.5% cap on sulphur in fuel, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has said. 06 Feb 2015
IMO highlights off-spec ECA fuel protests
Reports of off-spec fuel supply that failed to reach ECA sulphur requirements have been released by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) following notes of protest from Liberia and Cyprus. 16 Feb 2015
IMO conducts ballast water system survey
The IMO wants all stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMTS) to complete an online survey to review the current approval guidelines. 23 Mar 2015
IMO launches BWM tools
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has launched a new online learning portal with free online tools to help with the implementation of the BWM Convention. 07 May 2015
IMO adopts polar environmental revisions
Vessels trading in the Polar Regions now have new safety and environmental regulations to comply with following the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) adoption of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL amendments. 18 May 2015
IMO set to adopt draft IGF Code
The draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gasses or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) is expected to be adopted by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) during its 95th session on 3-12 June. 02 Jun 2015
IMO proposes maritime technology centre network
The International Maritime Organisation has proposed a global network of maritime technology cooperation centres to accelerate capacity building and technology transfer in the sector. 01 Oct 2015
ISM Code reissued
The International Maritime Organization has made available the 2010 edition of its International Safety Management (ISM) Code, which includes all related guidelines and consolidates all amendments to the Code adopted since the last edition was published in 2002. 01 Mar 2010