International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) Update - Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather

On October 23 – 25, the IMO, in conjunction with the World Meteorological Organization (“WMO”), hosted a Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather Towards Safety of Life at Sea and a Sustainable Blue Economy at the IMO London Headquarters. The Symposium was a contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The 200 attendees represented shipping companies, ports, harbors, off-shore industries, terminal operators, Coast Guard and marine insurers. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impact of global warming and increasing extreme weather conditions on the international carriage of cargo. The group acknowledged that most cargo sold in international trade is transported by ships. The attendees discussed implementation of additional safety measures and new emergency protocols to protect human lives and prevent large cargo losses. The group further discussed new methods to anticipate, detect and avoid extreme weather conditions. In addition, the group focused on the need for sustainable shipping practices and risk reduction.

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