New IMO web pages launched

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 47, December 2014 - January 2015

MNZ’s website has a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) section, with important information for all boat owners and operators in New Zealand.

It also provides individuals and organisations with information about what’s on the IMO agenda and the opportunity to influence its decisions.

The IMO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, is made up of 170 member states, including New Zealand. It is responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. MNZ is the government agency responsible for representing New Zealand’s interests at the IMO.

Ian Lancaster, MNZ’s Principal Advisor – International, said anyone involved in the maritime industry should have a look at the new pages.

“The IMO is not just about big ships on international voyages. Its measures cover all aspects of shipping, including ship design, manning, operation, disposal of waste and environmental protection – so decisions made by the IMO affect all New Zealand boat owners and operators.”

Ian said all of these issues are negotiated at regular meetings of IMO committees and subcommittees. MNZ’s IMO web pages include links to the agendas for upcoming meetings, and MNZ invites views and comment on the issues being considered.

“This is how New Zealand boat owners and operators can have their views heard on topics at the IMO,” said Ian.

The pages also provide recent news items from the IMO, including new mandatory and non-mandatory outputs – so New Zealand boat owners and operators can keep up to date with the latest information.

The web pages feature:

  • information about new international standards or instruments, including conventions that New Zealand is considering becoming a party to, and may affect New Zealand boat owners and operators
  • agendas for upcoming IMO meetings – stakeholders can talk to MNZ before IMO committee and subcommittee meetings to have their views considered when New Zealand is formulating its position
  • final reports from IMO committee and subcommittee meetings, recording what was discussed and actions taken.

Interested parties can email international@maritimenz.govt.nz.

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