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International Maritime Organization
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. (from the site)
Describes "IMO's work in developing international safety regulations and recommendations for shipping." (from the site)
"Maritime security is an integral part of IMO's responsibilities. A comprehensive security regime for international shipping entered into force on 1 July 2004." (from the site)
"IMO's work in developing international regulations and recommendations to prevent pollution of the seas by ships." (from the site)
"Information on Liability and compensation regimes developed by IMO and issues dealt with by IMO's Legal Committee." (from the site)
The Human Element
"Focuses on the human side of shipping - the people involved in every aspect of ship safety and prevention of marine pollution, from seafarers to ship operators to port state control officers." (from the site)
"Information relating to IMO's work at the ship-port interface, including standardisation and harmonisation of procedures as well as security issues." (from the site)
"Information on IMO's Technical Co-operation Programme which is designed to assist Governments which lack the technical knowledge and resources that are needed to operate a shipping industry successfully." (from the site)
"The Conference Division is responsible for the co-ordination and servicing of all IMO Meetings in the six official languages of the Organization: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish." (from the site)
Oceans and Laws of the Sea
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International Convention for the Safety of LIfe at Sea
"The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, and the fourth in 1960." (from the site) The 1974 amendments are included here.