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IMO Conventions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for maritime safety, maritime security, marine pollution prevention, maritime search and rescue and efficient shipping amongst others. This regulatory framework comprises a number of legal instruments that include Conventions.

IMO conventions Ratification Status Related National Legislation
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended Ratified Merchant Shipping Act 1975 Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2013 Merchant Shipping (Registration) Regulation 2015 Merchant Shipping (Safety) Regulation 2006
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto and by the Protocol of 1997( MARPOL) Ratified Marine Pollution (Ships and Installations) Act 2013
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers ( STCW ) as amended, including the 1995 and 2010 Manila Amendments Ratified Merchant Shipping ( STCW) Regulations 2002
IMO conventions Ratification Status Related National Legislation
Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG), 1972 Ratified Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Collisions) Regulation 2007
Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965 not yet ratified
International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 1966 Ratified Merchant Shipping (Load Lines) Regulations 2007
International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979 not yet ratified
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988, and Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf (and the 2005 Protocols) not yet ratified
International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), 1972 Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSO C), 1976 not yet ratified
The Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels (SFV), 1977, superseded by the The 1993 Torremolinos Protocol; Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels not yet ratified
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995 not yet ratified
Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement (STP), 1971 and Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973 not yet ratified
IMO conventions Ratification Status Related National Legislation
International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (INTERVENTION), 1969 Ratified Marine Pollution (Preparedness and Response) Act 2013
Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (LC), 1972 (and the 1996 London Protocol) Ratified (Protocol not yet ratified) Marine Pollution (Sea Dumping) Act 2013
International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC), 1990 not yet ratified Marine Pollution (Preparedness and Response) Act 2013
Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol) not yet ratified Marine Pollution (Preparedness and Response) Act 2013
International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), 2001 not yet ratified Marine Pollution (Ships and Installations) Act 2013
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 not yet ratified Marine Pollution (Ballast Water Control) Act 2013
The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 not yet ratified
IMO conventions Ratification Status Related National Legislation
International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC), 1969 Ratified Marine Pollution (Liability & Cost Recovery) Act 2013
1992 Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (FUND 1992) Ratified Marine Pollution (Liability & Cost Recovery) Act 2013
Convention relating to Civil Liability in the Field of Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Material (NUCLEAR), 1971 not yet ratified
Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (PAL), 1974 not yet ratified
Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 1976 not yet ratified
International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS), 1996 (and its 2010 Protocol) not yet ratified
International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 Ratified Marine Pollution (Liability & Cost Recovery) Act 2013
Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 not yet ratified
IMO conventions Ratification Status Related National Legislation
International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE), 1969 Ratified Merchant Shipping (Tonnage Measurements) Regulations 2007
International Convention on Salvage (SALVAGE), 1989 not yet ratified

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