In 1959 the IMO was created. Its first task was to revise and re-adopt the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

In addition, further international regulations were developed and adopted over the years:

  • international collision rules

  • global standards for seafarers

  • international conventions on search and rescue

  • facilitation of international maritime transport
    load lines

  • transport of dangerous goods

  • measurement of tonnage

The Maritime Safety Committee is the IMO's supreme technical body for safety issues. It is assisted in its work by a number of Sub-Commitees: 

  • Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC)

  • Ship Design and Construction (SDC)

  • Implemention of IMO Instruments (III)

  • Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR)

  • Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW)

  • Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE)

  • Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR)

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