IMO Matters

The meeting reports, resolutions and circulars of the International Maritime Organization and the MSC and MEPC committees.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for international shipping. This covers safety and security, marine pollution, legal matters, technical co-operation and maritime traffic rules.

Singapore is one of the 168 member states of IMO.
 

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

Of the IMO committees, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)  is the most senior technical body related to safety matters. It has developed and adopted collision regulation, global standards for seafarers, as well as international conventions and codes relating to search and rescue, the facilitation of international maritime traffic, load lines and the carriage of dangerous cargo.

Reports of MSC meetings are available for download. Also available are adopted resolutions, as well as selected circulars approved by the MSC.
 

The Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is the most senior technical body related to marine pollution issues. To prevent marine pollution, the committee looks into all aspects of accidental and operational pollution, goods in packaged form, sewage, garbage, air pollution, ship recycling (disposal of redundant ships) and ballast water management (harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water).

Reports of MEPC meetings are available for download. Also available are adopted resolutions, as well as selected circulars approved by the MEPC.
 

The Sub-Committees

The MSC and MEPC are assisted in their work by nine technical sub-committees. These are:

  • Bulk liquids and gases (BLG)
  • Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR)
  • Ship design and equipment (DE)
  • Dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers (DSC)
  • Fire protection (FP)
  • Flag state implementation (FSI)
  • Safety of Navigation (NAV)
  • Stability and load lines and on fishing vessels safety (SLF)
  • Standards of training and watchkeeping (STW)

Reports of sub-committee meetings are available for download.