12/7/2015 Management

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Administration Requirement Report/Recommendation

By Notices

From May - Oct 2013 the IMO sought public comment on the administrative burdens associated with mandatory requirements in maritime regulations and conventions. An Ad Hoc Steering Group evaluated the input and published a report of 13 recommendations. The report now goes to relevant committees, member states, and IMO Secretariat for presentation at the year-end Assembly Session.

The recommendations aim to reduce the burdens of recordkeeping and reporting while maintaining the IMO priorities of safety (SOLAS Convention), environmental protection (MARPOL Convention), and seafarer training and certification (STCW Convention). If implemented, the following recommendations will impact yacht management:

  • Use electronic means for reporting to and from IMO
  • Establish IMO web-based secure information portal to fulfill reporting requirements
  • Recognize electronic certificates as equivalent to original paper certificates
  • Accept electronic recordkeeping
  • Recognize electronic versions of documents required to be carried on board

View the full report and recommendations here.