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New IP Code deadline approaches 

The International Code of Safety for Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel (IP Code) has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a mandatory code which enters into force on 1 July 2024.  The Code is intended to create the conditions for safe carriage of Industrial Personnel on ships and their safety during personnel transfer operations between the ship and offshore installations.  Industrial Personnel are defined as, ʺpersons who are transported or accommodated on board for the purpose of offshore industrial activities performed on board other ships and/or offshore facilities.ʺ  The IP Code is made mandatory through a new Chapter XV

What International Day for Women in Maritime means to me

Every year on 18 May the IMO marks the International Day for Women in Maritime and this year’s theme is “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety”.  As well as celebrating the contribution of women to the maritime industry, there are real safety concerns for women working at sea such as inadequate protective gear, greater risk of injury due to the physically demanding nature of maritime jobs, sexual harassment and assault and critically, isolation and mental health. The IMO’s Symposium, “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety” will address these concerns by discussing ways we can

IMO continues work on the Ballast Water Management Convention at MEPC 80

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) is intended to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another and damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge, by minimising the uptake and subsequent discharge of sediments and organisms.  The Convention entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and requires signatory Flag States to ensure that ships flagged by them comply with standards and procedures for the management and control of ships’ ballast water and sediments by requiring all ships to implement a Ballast Water Management Plan,

Limiting Underwater Radiated Noise (URN) at the IMO 

Underwater radiated noise (URN) from ships has been proven to have a damaging effect on marine wildlife and even marine plants of many types. Factors which have been identified as contributing to URN, include ship resistance and propulsion together with ship machinery systems and operational approaches.  For several years the IMO has been working on guidelines to mitigate the effects of URN and in 2014 it approved its first set of guidelines on underwater noise (MEPC.1/Circ.833). Since those guidelines were approved there has been a doubling of noise levels in the ocean.  IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Legal &

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopts historic 2023 GHG Strategy

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) have agreed to a revised GHG Strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships with a commitment to reach net zero GHG emissions by or around 2050. Margaret Fitzgerald, representing IMCA, attended the week-long Committee meeting as well as the 15th session of the Intersessional Working Group on GHG the previous week and was joined on Thursday by Iain Grainger, IMCA’s CEO, who witnessed the historic agreement being reached. IMO’s work on GHG emissions reduction and future fuels is being closely monitored by IMCA’s Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs (MPRA) Committee