International Maritime Organization (IMO)
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was established in Geneva in 1948 and met for the first time in 1959 when the agency came into force. The IMO's main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
A specialised agency of the United Nations with 169 Member States and three Associate Members, the IMO is the only United Nations agency managed in the United Kingdom, employing over 300 international staff.
Over the years the IMO has adopted 40 Conventions and Protocols and formed numerous codes and standards related to their main framework.
The IMO pride themselves in ensuring safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.
Corrections and erratums are available directly from the IMO website (opens in new window).
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was developed as a uniform international code for the transport of dangerous goods by sea covering such matters as packing, container traffic and stowage, with particular reference to the segregation of incompatible substances. The IMDG Code, as amended by Amendment 37-14, is mandatory from 1 January 2016 but may be applied ...more
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was developed as a uniform international code for the transport of dangerous goods by sea covering such matters as packing, container traffic and stowage, with particular ...more
This publication presents the revised MARPOL Annex VI, Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, and the updated NOx Technical Code 2008, including amendments adopted by resolutions MEPC.202(62), MEPC.203(62) and MEPC.217(63), as well as ...more
The International Code of Signals, first published in 1965, provides a means of communication in situations related to the safety both of navigation and people, especially when language difficulties arise....more
This guide has been developed to consolidate existing International Maritime Organization (IMO) maritime security-related material into an easy to read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code. ...more
An essential reference for ensuring safety at sea and the avoidance of damage to the environment. ...more
The 27th session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly took place at the Headquarters of the Organization from 21 to 30 November 2011. This publication contains, amongst others, resolutions pertaining to: ...more
SOLAS, the International Convention for the Safety of Live at Sea (SOLAS) is the most important international convention on maritime safety. It has proved essential in improving the safety of shipping....more
The 2010 FTP Code provides international requirements for laboratory testing, type-approval and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS chapter II-2. It comprehensively revises and updates the current Code, adopted by the MSC in 1996. ...more
This publication contains the three most important IMO instruments dealing with life-saving appliances, namely the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, the Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances and the Code of Practice for the Evaluation, Testing and Acceptance of Prototype Novel ...more
An essential reference tool - user friendly with a host of features this new CD, version 4.0 brings the full GMDSS Manual to your PC or Mac. ...more