09 May 2018, 09:59
Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets for its 99th session 16-25 May, with an IMO Forum on 15 May.
The MSC will be preceded on Tuesday 15 May, 15:00 London time, by the World Maritime Day Forum 2018: "IMO's role in the future of shipping and international trade". Moderator: Richard Clayton; Panellists: H.E. Kweku Ofori Asiamah; Peter Thomson; Xiaojie Zhang; Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen; Leo Ruijs; Diane Gilpin; and Alan McKinnon. Please Email email@example.com if you wish to attend the Forum as media.
Regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships
The MSC will begin looking at how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) may be introduced in IMO instruments. The work at this session is expected to focus on the framework of the regulatory exercise (e.g. instruments to be considered) and a plan of work.
Adoption of amendments
The MSC is expected to adopt, inter-alia, amendments to the following instruments:
International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
Polar Code – second phase
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) entered into force in 2017 under both the SOLAS and MARPOL treaties. The MSC is expected to consider how the Polar Code provisions might be applied in the future to non-SOLAS vessels, including cargo ships of less than 500 gross tonnage, fishing vessels and pleasure yachts, with a view to instructing the Ship Design and Construction (SDC) Sub-Committee.
Piracy and armed robbery against ships
The MSC will receive an update on reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships. IMO received reports of 203 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide in 2017, the lowest for over 20 years, confirming the current downward year on year trend, with a reduction of about 8% at the global level. In the Gulf of Guinea, the number of incidents reported to the Organization decreased last year to 48 incidents, against 62 in 2016. However, in the first four months of 2018, the number of incidents significantly increased in the region, with 36 incidents reported, against 17 in the same period in 2017. Piracy and armed robbery remain active threats and Governments and the shipping industry need to maintain their guard.
Adoption/approval of guidance and guidelines
The MSC is expected to:
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Agenda and timetable
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Morning, 09.30-12.30 (break: 11:00-11:30); afternoon, 14.30-17:30 (break 16:00-16:30)
Final report and working group reports are expected to be approved on Friday 25 May.