IMO Educating the Next Generation


Capt. Antonio M. Padrón y Santiago, ‘IMO Maritime Ambassador’, and the Maritime Authority of Tenerife, have held a meeting with young students of a sailing course organised by the Royal Nautical Club of Tenerife.

During the meeting, the children visited the facilities of the Harbour Master´s Office, the SCC of the Port Authority and the MRCC of SASEMAR.

IMO Maritime Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the maritime world with others, particularly young people who are starting out in their pursuit of further education, apprenticeships and career pathways.

By reaching out, the IMO Maritime Ambassadors can engage, inspire and call upon young people to consider careers at sea or in the maritime industries. The goal is to reach new target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.

The IMO has a particular focus on providing educational information for youngsters, with an emphasis on raising awareness for, and protecting the maritime environment. The main subjects that the IMO look to explain are; protecting the atmosphere, dealing with waste, protecting marine life from noise pollution, standards to avoid accidents and pollution and preserving sensitive sea areas.

The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) role is to develop the standards and regulations for the 50,000 large ships which carry goods and people across the seas. The Member States send representatives to meetings at IMO in London to discuss and decide on the regulations which are needed. Once they all agree, the regulations can be adopted and put in place.

Read more about the IMO’s youth education programme here

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