IMO Celebrates World Maritime Day


The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has celebrated World Maritime Day 2018 and marked the milestone with the theme ‘IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future’.

In the words of the IMO, it is an opportunity to “take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges”, and is the last of a series of events over the past 12 months that have recognised 70 years since the IMO’s founding.





On March 6 2018, a ceremony was held at the IMO’s headquarters in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the IMO Convention in 1948, which came into force 10 years later.





The creation of the IMO coincided with a period of tremendous change in world shipping and was at the forefront of many of the rules which the industry abides by.

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Credit: IMO

It is now responsible for nearly 50 conventions, agreements and protocols related to safety at sea, trade and the environment, each one signed by all of its 173 members.





The next considerable milestone will be January 1 2020, when the IMO’s regulations on sulphur emissions come into force.

They stipulate that a ship cannot emit more than 0.5% of sulphur, and this has led to shipping lines to research alternative fuels, such as liquefied natural gas, and environmentally-friendly technology.

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