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Examination of emerging technologies, autonomous vessels and cyber security must form an integral part of IMO’s strategic approach to the next five years, said secretary-general Kitack Lim in his opening address at the IMO’s 30th Assembly session as he outlined the key elements of the new ‘Strategic Plan for the Organization’ for the 2018 to 2023 period.

VAF Instruments’ IVY propulsion performance management system has been granted certification for use in compliance with the European Union’s Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation requirements.

Emissions verification company Verifavia has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct verification of processes for IMO DCS (data collection system) and EU MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) on Liberian-flagged vessels.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a roundup of the developments coming out of the recent 98th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), showing a strong focus on technology-related areas such as autonomous ships and cyber security.

Friday, 16 June 2017 13:47

Unmanned ships added to IMO agenda

The IMO has agreed to add the issue of autonomous ships to its discussion agenda, following a proposal from a broad coalition of countries at MSC 98 (the 98th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee) to include debate on the development on unmanned ships as part of the next Committee meeting.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:47

Pacific region MTCC announced

The IMO has announced its selection for the latest regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC), with the Pacific Community (SPC) to host MTCC-Pacific in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, joining MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to work on projects aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of climate change.

IMO’s continuing process of modernising GMDSS has seen delegates at a Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee meeting in March put Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system forward to undergo technical assessment by IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) pursuant to future inclusion as a compliant service, with a report to be provided for consideration by the next NCSR in 2018.

IMO has announced the first two institutes selected to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) as part of its EU-funded project to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

ClassNK has established a new digital archive centre for the maritime industry called ClassNK Archive Center (NKAC), to house Ship Construction Files in accordance with IMO’s Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) and the Industry Standard, which apply from 1 July 2016.

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