The International Maritime Organization (IMO) 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.
The International Maritime Organization have measures that cover all the aspects of shipping. This includes ship design and construction, equipment, operation, disposal and manning of vessels. These measures ensures the safety of this sector and ensures that it remains energy efficient and environmentally sound.
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