Unit 15: Cleaner Oceans
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
|The IMO was formerly called the Inter-Governmental Maritime
Consultative Organization (IMCO). IMCO was established in 1948 and
became the IMO in 1982. A number of conventions have been agreed
as a result of the work undertaken by the Organization including
the safety of life at sea, the prevention of marine pollution
by ships, the training and certification of seafarers and the
prevention of collisions at sea.
The IMO's two most important objectives are the improvement of maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution, particularly oil pollution.
World Maritime Day is during the last week of September each year.
For further information contact:
1. State the two main purposes of IMO.
2. Why is an organization like IMO necessary?
3. What do you think IMO would need to do in order to achieve its goals?
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