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IMO – International Maritime Organization

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In accordance with the Convention, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) promotes cooperation among governments in all technical matters of international ocean shipping. The aim is in particular the international enforcement of the highest possible standards in the fields of maritime safety, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of marine pollution from ships. In order to achieve these objectives the IMO is authorized to make recommendations in the form of resolutions of its Assembly. It provides also drafts of international conventions to be submitted for adoption, to conferences convened for this purpose by the IMO. Finally, it interprets these international conventions in daily practice. The main organs of the IMO are the Assembly, the Council, five committees (Maritime Safety Committee, Legal Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee, Technical Cooperation Committee and Facilitation Committee) and the Secretariat.

Keywords: International Maritime Organization (IMO); international ocean shipping; marine pollution; Maritime Safety Committee



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