International Maritime Organization

Panama Canal tugboat engineers protest in London

La ACP compró en España nuevos botes remolcadores

Panama Canal tugboat engineers announced that they will protest in London at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on an “arbitrary” self-regulation of the administration of the canal that they say affects their work.

The President of the Union of Marine Engineers (UIM), Luis Yau told the foreign press in Panama that they would travel to “London to meet with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and submit a complaint and picket at the IMO on [...]

No place for navy cadets to practice

No hay práctica para los cadetes

 By Capt. Demóstenes Sánchez

Of all the countries that have universities and naval schools that prepare merchant navy officers, Panama is the only one that does not have a school-ship where the cadets can do the necessary practice so they meet the requirements demanded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and earn their title as nautical engineers.

Currently, universities such as the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) and Columbus University [...]

IBIA welcomes early IMO study on 0.50% sulphur fuel

Búnker sin azufre

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) supports the UK government’s call for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bring forward its review of the availability of 0.50% sulphur fuel.

As more and more locations declare ECA requirements, the latest being Hong Kong, the greater the demand for low sulphur fuel.

The shipping industry needs some definitive dates to plan implementations on board; the same information is required for the refining industry and the bunker sector.


ICS members agree to new maritime labor requirements

They represent 80% of the world merchant fleet

By Dennis Smith

At the annual general meeting of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), shipowners’ associations from Asia, the Americas and Europe voiced their concerns.

Together the participants represent all sectors and are responsible for over 80% of the world merchant fleet. Major items on the agenda were how best to implement the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) environmental regulations and industry readiness for entering into [...]

IMO discusses future of maritime communications with IMSO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary- General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, recently visited the headquarters of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) to discuss matters of mutual interest, in particular in the field of the future of maritime communications and how new technologies would support the sustainability of the maritime sector.

IMSO Director General, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, said: “IMSO is honored to receive Mr Sekimizu on his first visit to IMSO in his capacity as the IMO [...]

Secretary General of the IMO visits the AMP

The Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Roberto Linares Tribaldos, received a courtesy visit from the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu, to strengthen ties of friendship and bilateral support. Also present were the Mayor of the city of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, J. Wiebe de Boer and the Ambassador of Panama in Britain, Ana Irene Delgado. Linares said the visit was of [...]

CLIA reports on progress of operational safety review

Carnival Victory Navegando Proa

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the cruise industry’s plans to focus on operational safety improvements and best practices. The global cruise industry, with input from an independent panel of experts with extensive experience in maritime, regulatory and accident investigation fields, introduced 10 new safety policies during the review. The safety categories include muster drills, bridge access and procedures, life jacket availability and location, lifeboat loading drills, recording of passenger nationalities for on-shore emergency services [...]