What is the International Maritime Organization (IMO)


The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency formed in 1948 at an international conference of the United Nations.

Its responsibility is the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution from ships and other sea going vessels.

The IMO creates a regulatory framework for the maritime industry that is effective, fair and globally implemented.

This role creates a playing-field that is level so that ship operators are unable to cut corners and compromise on environmental issues, safety and security.

IMO’s global standards covering energy efficiency, technology, innovation, maritime training, security, traffic management as well as the development of maritime infrastructure, underpins the organizations commitment to provide a framework that makes an eco-friendly, sustainable global maritime transport system possible.

More than 80% of all global trade is done by means of ships. For the international transport of the majority of goods, shipping provides the most dependable, cost-effective method of transportation.

IMO measures ensure that international shipping stays safe, efficient, secure and environmentally sound and includes all aspects of the industry from ship design all the way through to disposal.

Promoting sustainable shipping and maritime development is an important priority for the IMO. By ensuring that the shipping industry contributes to a green economy, the future of this most essential component to economic growth is strengthened and will continue to grow.



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