12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting Jan. 16, 2019, led by the Coast Guard, in preparation for the sixth session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at the IMO Headquarters in London in February.


11/2/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for IMO’s 121st session of IMO’s Council

This open public meeting will be held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.


6/18/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Coast Guard perspective on IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, represented the U.S. Coast Guard at the Posidonia international shipping conference in Athens, Greece earlier this month and participated in several panel discussions on topics relevant to the international maritime community. This post kicks off a four-part series highlighting Nadeau’s presentations, for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference. In our first post, Nadeau gives his perspective on enforcement of the upcoming IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.


6/14/2018: Autonomous vessels key point of discussion at IMO

Last year at MSC 98, the IMO agreed to initiate a scoping exercise to assess how adequate the existing international conventions, such as SOLAS, would address advances in autonomy. At MSC 99, discussions focused heavily on how to conduct the scoping exercise and initiated efforts to better inform the project at the committee’s next session this December.


5/22/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for the 68th session of the IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee Meeting and the 120th session of the IMO Council

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will conduct an open public meeting in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018, in preparation for the upcoming 68th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Technical Cooperation Committee Meeting and the 120th session of the IMO Council to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London.


4/9/2018: Recap of the 5th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The Sub-Committee established three ad hoc working groups on fire protection, life-saving appliances, and the development of measures for onboard lifting appliances and winches, and an ad hoc drafting group on the develop of guidelines for cold ironing of ships.


3/29/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – The critical role of integrating new technology within the regulatory approval process

Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2018 may be over, but Maritime Commons continues to bring you coverage of Coast Guard presentations from the conference. In this post, the chief of the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing discusses autonomous vessel technology and the regulatory approval process.


3/20/2018: Recap of the 5th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response

The 5th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response was held at IMO Headquarters in London from February 5-9, 2018. This post provides a summary of the work completed by PPR 5 and its working groups on air quality, ballast water management, safety of pollution hazards of chemicals, and oil pollution, preparedness, response and co-operation.


3/15/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – IMO and environmental standards

Jeff Lantz, director of commercial regulations and standards, briefed conference attendees on the leading environmental issues the International Maritime Organization is facing. Lantz’s presentation was part of a panel titled, “The Economic Calculus of 2020.” Other members of the panel included executives from Exxon, Marsoft, Inc., Alternative Marine Technologies, GTT North America, and Methanex Corp. Neville Smith with Mariner Communications moderated the session.


1/5/2018: Coast Guard members attend International Maritime Organization 30th Session of Assembly and 119th Session of Council

To better inform our readers about international maritime shipping issues and regulations, Maritime Commons will begin publishing regular content highlighting the work the Coast Guard performs in its role with the International Maritime Organization. Following major meetings and sessions of the IMO Assembly and/or Council or sub-committees, we will post summaries of activities and, if available, condensed transcripts of remarks or presentations by Coast Guard members. Today, we kick off this initiative with a summary of the recent 30th Session of Assembly and 119th Session of Council held in November/December 2017.


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