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IMO sets strong focus for shipping

Tokasa Bolalailai
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

EFFORTS to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has led to the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) strong commitments in shipping.

During the World Maritime Day celebration on Friday, International Maritime Organisations (IMO) senior legal officer Jan Engel de Boer said the agency strong commitments in helping to achieve the SDGs through shipping.

"By providing improved access to basic materials, goods and products, shipping is expected to help lift millions of people out of poverty, "said Mr Engel de Boer.

He said apart from being a mode of transport for people, shipping also formed the backbone of the world trade.

"As the most cost-effective and fuel efficient way to carry goods, shipping forms the backbone of world," Mr Engel de Boer said.

He said shipping was an essential component of any program for future sustainable growth.

"IMO role is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping, "Mr Engel de Boer said.

He explained the agency was doing so through developing and adopting global regulations, which was supported by an extensive program of technical assistance and capacity-building so these regulations could be implemented evenly and effectively.

"It is this framework of standards and regulations, adopted by the governments through IMO, that ensures shipping continues to operate safely, securely, cleanly and efficiently," Mr Engel de Boer said.

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