IMO adopt fishing boat safety rules

CAPETOWN –– A two-day diplomatic conference that opened here Tuesday is expected to adopt an agreement on implementing the provisions of the 1993 protocol relating to a UN convention for the safety of fishing vessels.

The conference is being held under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for maritime safety and security and prevention of pollution from ships.

On the table is the issue of adopting ways of enforcing the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels. The agreement would also amend the technical provisions of the 1993 Protocol with the aim of putting them in place as soon as possible.

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that the significant changes in the fishing industry globally in the last 20 years calls for renewed regulatory efforts, and that the time was ripe for an accord to be concluded with objectives can be met on an international basis.

“Such an agreement would also significantly complement the binding international safety regime that is already in place for fishing vessel personnel, as provided by IMO’s International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F),” he said.

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Article courtesy of Malaya Business Insight.

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