Voyage Through the IMO’s 70 Year History


As part of their 70th anniversary, which has been celebrated by a number of commemorative productions throughout 2018, the International Maritime Organisation has released a new video.

‘Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future’ is the latest IMO production, and journeys through the organization’s rich history.

A key focus of the video is how mandatory international regulations were gradually developed, covering every aspect of the shipping industry and ensuring that the highest practicable standards are met.

Captain Paul Whyte discusses how ECDIS have been made mandatory by IMO regulations in a recent Port Technology technical paper

As a result of these developments, modern shipping is now the safest, cleanest and most efficient way of moving goods around the world.

Key milestones and developments highlighted in the clip, which begins at the 1948 UN Conference in Geneva, include the infamous Torrey Canyon incident in 1967 and the advent of a satellite-based Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.

Also featured is the formation of IMO's two unique educational establishments, which have helped to properly educate seafarers and train the next generation of mariners.

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