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IMO seeks sustainable growth in maritime sector

THE International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will today host a special symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System.

According to the global body, the Symposium is expected to provide member States, industry and other stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day theme: “Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20”.

Meanwhile, IMO recently resolved to restructure its Sub-Committees, in order to deal more effectively with the technical and operational issues covered by regulations, in line with a review and reform process initiated by Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

The restructuring proposals, already considered and approved by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its sixty-fifth session, will now go to the IMO Council (110th session, 15 to 19 July 2013) and to the IMO Assembly (24 November to 4 December 2013) for endorsement.

The restructuring will see the number of Sub-Committees reduced from nine to seven, with their terms of reference covering the following issues: Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW): to address issues relating to human element training and watch keeping, including minimum international standards for training and certification of seafarers and fishing vessel personnel; and technical and operational issues related to maritime safety, security, and environmental protection, to encourage a safety culture in all ship operations; safe manning; the review, updating and revision of IMO model courses; and promotion and implementation of the Organization’s human element strategy.
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