IMO agrees to sub-committee restructuring

  • IMO says move will enable the organisation to work more effectively with regulatory issues

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has agreed to the restructuring of the IMO’s sub-committees.

As part of IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu’s review and reform process, the restructuring, which will see the number of sub-committees reduced from nine to seven, will, according to the IMO, help the organisation deal more effectively with both the technical and operational issues covered by IMO regulations.

The restructured sub-committees will cover Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), Implementation of IMO Instruments (III), Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), Ship Design and Construction (SDC), Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) and Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE).

The restructuring proposals, which were already considered and approved by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its sixty-fifth session, will now go to the IMO Council and the IMO Assembly for endorsement.

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