About the IMO

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations’ specialised agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships. The IMO’s main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

WNTI is the only NGO at the IMO that is an industry expert in Class 7 radioactive material transports and we have held Consultative Status at the IMO for over 20 years. The function of the IMO is achieved through an assembly, a council and 5 main committees supported by several sub-committees.

The meetings and committees we participate in

MSC Committee

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the highest technical body in the IMO and is concerned with all IMO matters concerning maritime safety. This includes the handling of dangerous goods, vessel design and construction, maritime safety procedures and requirements, salvage, and rescue.

MSC Documents

FAL Committee

The Facilitation Committee (FAL) considers all aspects of implementing the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic 1965, such as eliminating unnecessary ‘red tape’ barriers to international shipping. The balance between ensuring maritime security and the facilitation of international maritime trade is also a focus.

FAL Documents

MEPC Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) considers all IMO matters concerning the prevention and control of pollution from ships. The adoption and amendment of regulations such as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is a focus for the committee. This regulation covers oil, chemical and harmful substance pollution as well as garbage, sewage, and air pollution from ships.

MEPC Committee

CCC Sub-Committee

WNTI attends the Sub-Committee on the Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) which deals with, among other items, the carriage of packaged dangerous goods and keeps the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code updated. The CCC also collaborates with other UN bodies dealing with similar issues.

CCC Documents

IMO - Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS)

GISIS is a database that provides information on topics such as,

1 – Contact points for Competent Authorities

2 – Maritime Security

3 – Piracy and Armed Robbery

4 – Crew change and repatriation

5 – More.


Visit the GISIS site to register/login.


Index of IMO Resolutions

IMO Resolutions are adopted by the key organs and committees of the Organization.   Resolutions are first issued within the official IMO meeting reports and documents relating to the relevant committee or organ.

Index of IMO Resolutions

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has significant impacts on the shipping industry and on seafarers themselves, and IMO is working tirelessly at all levels to find solutions.

Travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world have created significant hurdles to crew changes and repatriation of seafarers, which has led to a growing humanitarian crisis as well as significant concerns for the safety of seafarers and shipping. IMO has intervened promptly by urging its Member States to designate seafarers as key workers, so they can travel between the ships that constitute their workplace, and their countries of residence.

The IMO have created a dedicated site for COVID-19 matters.

IMO - COVID-19 Information site


Maritime Knowledge Centre – Current Awareness Bulletin

The aim of the MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) is to provide a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO.  Each CAB presents headlines from the previous month.  Links to complete articles or abstracts on publishers’ sites are included, although access may require payment or subscription.

MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB)