The International Maritime Organization

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) develops the structure that the international ocean freight shipping. industry follows. According to their website, the International Maritime Organization is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety of ocean freight vessels., stopping maritime related pollution and for adopting legal issues of maritime law. Some shippers might wonder the necessity of having the International Maritime Organization. The truth is that without proper oversight for international shipping on a global level, the trade. market would not be as powerful. If each nation had their own shipping laws, then it would disrupt the natural flow ofcargo.. The International Maritime Organization used to be the International Maritime Consultative Organization from 1959-1982.

It should be noted that the International Maritime Organization only adopts the laws. Their member states must implement them into law. They are currently about 170 member states in the International Maritime Organization. The member states participate in the Assembly, provide the basic structure, vote on laws to adopt and serve on the important committees. In past decades, the International Maritime Organization focused on creating international trading treaties.. In recent years, the International Maritime Organization tackled important issues relating to terrorism/pirates and promoting container ships. that pollute less. And they are still dealing with these issues to this day.

The next time you would like to ship ocean freight containers, it is important to appreciate the structure that the International Maritime Organization provided the shipping industry. Carriers around the World appreciate the structure as well.