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.


1/5/2017: US will follow IMO recommendation for enforcement of STCW 2010 amendments (transitional provisions)

In November 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee issued MSC circular (MSC.1/Circ.1560), which outlined the difficulties that have been encountered by Administrations and seafarers in meeting the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). Due to these difficulties, the IMO recommended that this situation be taken into account when taking action under the control procedures in Article X and Regulation I/4 of the STCW Convention. After a review of the impacts on the maritime industry, individual mariners and the related IMO guidance, the United States has chosen to follow the IMO recommendation for delayed enforcement actions resulting from the new credentialing standards.


12/15/2016: Notice of Public Meeting-IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting led by the United States Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, DC. More information is available in the Federal Register and on the Coast Guard’s IMO Homepage.


12/15/2016: Notice of Public Meeting-IMO Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting led by the United States Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, DC. More information is available in the Federal Register and on the Coast Guard IMO Homepage.


9/13/2016: IMO ballast water convention – A note from Rear Adm. Thomas

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) has been ratified and will now enter into force in September 2017. The U.S. Coast Guard welcomes this news as an important step forward in controlling invasive species spread by ballast water and meeting the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of international shipping.


6/10/2016: IMO Approves Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management

The International Maritime Organization approved the Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management to provide high-level recommendations to safeguard shipping from current and emerging cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities.


4/15/2015: IMO amendment adopted- Requirement for electronic exchange of pre-arrival and departure information

The International Maritime Organization Facilitation Committee adopted an amendment that applies to the Coast Guard, to require public authorities to establish a system for the electronic exchange of pre-arrival and departure information. It is intended to reduce the administrative burden on ships’s crews, owners, operators, agents and other parties who submit information for clearance.


3/23/2016: Pollution prevention and response sub-committee meeting – Seeking feedback

The Coast Guard seeks feedback, from industry representatives, on pollution prevention and response and related issues that will have an impact on the chemical transportation industry.


2/10/2016: Guidelines for training of personnel on ships subject to the Polar Code

The Coast Guard published a policy letter to provide guidance for the training of personnel on ships subject to the international code for ships operating in polar waters and provide a level of safety taking into account the challenges specific to the unique polar environment.


1/28/2016: Coast Guard nominated ambassadors to the International Maritime Organization

The Coast Guard nominated two ambassadors to International Maritime Organization who were recently appointed and are two of the first IMO ambassadors from the United States.


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