International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) until 1982, is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping.

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Establishment

The IMO was established in Geneva in 1948 and came into force ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959.

Headquarter and Members

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the IMO has 172 Member States and three Associate Members.

Role

Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance.

IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector  remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure.