Class and Statutory News

IMO A 29

Dec. 17 2015

outcome of the 29th Assembly of the IMO

The 29th session of the IMO Assembly met in London at the IMO Headquarters from 23 November to 2 December 2015. It was attended by more than 1,120 representatives from 160 Member States and two Associate Members, as well as more than 40 observers.

Secretary-General
The Assembly endorsed the decision of the Council to elect Mr. Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea) as Secretary-General (4 years term).

IMO Council
The Assembly elected the 40 Members of the IMO Council for 2016/2017.

The following resolutions may be noted:

A.1093(29)                    Special recognition for merchant vessels and their crew involved in the rescue of mixed migrants at sea
The resolution expressed grave concern about the current worldwide crisis of migration, involving the greatest movement of displaced persons in nearly 70 years. The transport of mixed migrants by sea in grossly overloaded, unsafe vessels has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives.

A.1104(29)                    Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC), 2015
The resolution is an update of the Survey Guidelines to take into account recently adopted amendments to mandatory instruments.

A.1107(29)                    Entry into force and implementation of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement
The resolution calls for early acceptance of the 2012 international fishing vessel safety agreement, in order to bring it into force and address the heavy casualty rate in the sector.

Resolutions adopted at A 29:

A.1093(29)                    Special recognition for merchant vessels and their crew involved in the rescue of mixed migrants at sea
A.1094(29)                    Appreciation of the Services to the Organization of Mr. Koji Sekimizu
A.1095(29)                    Approval of the Appointment of the Secretary-General
A.1096(29)                    Appointment of the External Auditor
A.1097(29)                    Strategic Plan for the Organization (for the six‑year period 2016 to 2021)
A.1098(29)                    High-level Action Plan of the Organization and priorities for the 2016‑2017 biennium
A.1099(29)                    Application of the Strategic Plan and the High-level Action Plan of the Organization
A.1100(29)                    Results-based Budget for the 2016-2017 biennium
A.1101(29)                    Presentation of accounts and audit reports
A.1102(29)                    Arrears of contributions
A.1103(29)                    Principles to be considered when drafting IMO instruments
A.1104(29)                    Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC), 2015
A.1105(29)                    2015 Non-exhaustive list of obligations under instruments relevant to the IMO Instruments Implementation Code
A.1106(29)                    Revised guidelines for the onboard operational use of shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS)
A.1107(29)                    Entry into force and implementation of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement
A.1108(29)                    Amendments to the Recommendations on pilot transfer arrangements (A.1045(27))
A.1109(29)                    Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations