The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution.

The IMO is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues, the facilitation of international maritime traffic and technical assistance.

The IMO has 170 Members representing countries normally through their national maritime administrations. The main focus of the IMO is to develop and adopt international instruments or regulations for safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans. The implementation of these instruments is the responsibility of Member States.

Some important instruments developed by IMO are:

  • • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

  • International Convention on Load Lines (LL)

  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

  • International Safety Management Code (ISM)

  • International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)

Visit the IMO website for more information.

DNV is authorised by over 80 administrations to issue certificates on their behalf, and attends most IMO meetings in the committees and sub-committees either as representatives for IACS or advisors to national administrations.

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