Assessing the performance of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
Chew, Yue Ting.
Date of Issue2011
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Since its inception in 1958, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) has led the shipping industry in coming up with international standards. This is an importan role under the Law of the Sea. Disasters such as the Titanic and the Torrey Canyon have drawn greater attention towards the industry, adding incessant pressure on international regulations to be put in place. Our objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the IMO in promoting Maritime Safety and Security, and the Prevention of Marine Pollution from ships. Literature reviews, technical analysis, interviews and surveys with industry professionals have generated an all rounded view of the IMO’s performance. While the IMO is considered to be rather efficient with regards to its size and outreach, much of its effectiveness is debatable due to inadequate and varying degrees of compliance as well as differing interpretations that lead to variable standards being established. Despite this lack of coherence, results from our research have shown the laudable performance of the IMO in Maritime Safety and the Prevention of Marine Pollution although Maritime Security has evoked mixed responses. While the IMO continues to regulate the industry by coming up with new conventions, it is recommended that it continues its move towards the adoption of Goal-based standards. At the same time, the IMO has to play a more active role in pressuring and helping member states to establish compliance measures so as to level the playing field.
DRNTU::Engineering::Maritime studies::Maritime management and business
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University