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Focus set on IMO

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The whole world will be watching the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018, looking for something of real substance when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, IMO's secretary-general Kitack Lim pointed out.

"Next year really will be a time when the world will expect IMO member states to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap.

"I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference.

"You have a real opportunity here to do something of lasting significance. Make the most of it," Mr Lim said while speaking at the 30th Assembly session at IMO headquarters in London.

IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is set to adopt an initial GHG strategy in April 2018.

More than 1500 delegates from IMO member states, international governmental and non-governmental organisations have registered to attend the session that meets from November 27 to December 6.

Mr Lim outlined the key elements of the new "Strategic Plan for the organisation" for 2018 to 2023, which is expected to be adopted by the assembly.

"The seven strategic directions point us now towards more effective rule-making and implementation processes by integrating new and advancing technology to respond to our challenges, among others, to increase ship safety, including addressing new emerging technologies such as autonomous vessels, our contribution to combat climate change, engagement in ocean governance, mitigation of cyber-crimes, and facilitation of international trade, whilst continuing to take due consideration on the human element factor," Mr Lim said.

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