28th IMO Assembly opens

27 Nov 2013
Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu: “Our global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must continue and implementation of EEDI must be progressed”

Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu: “Our global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must continue and implementation of EEDI must be progressed”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has opened the 28th session of the Assembly which will run until 4 December at IMO headquarters.

In his opening address, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, outlined the achievements of the Organization during the 2012 to 2013 biennium, with a strong emphasis on its work in the environmental field.

Mr Sekimizu emphasised the implementation of the energy efficiency requirements; promotion of technical cooperation and transfer of technology relating to improvement of energy efficiency of ships; the designation of Saba Bank as a new particularly sensitive sea area; the Ballast Water Management Convention implementation plan; and the adoption of six guidelines for the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

He was also clear that efforts must continue in order to see things through to implementation.

“In addition, our global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must continue; implementation of EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) must be progressed; development in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must be closely monitored; and further efforts should be made to highlight IMO’s achievements and the real, substantial contribution from the shipping industry in the wider public,” he said.

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