The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations agency in charge of regulating safety and security at sea and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by vessels.
The organization the major standard-setting authority on safety, security and environmental issues within the global maritime community. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, while being universally adopted and implemented.
Due to the strategic importance of the maritime industry, the IMO was created with the intention of facilitating a fairly safe, secured and clean environment from within which world players would operate within the industry. Laws, regulations and standards which are promulgated by the body are expected to be agreed upon, adopted and implemented by all global stakeholders in world sea trade.
Most of the IMO regulations cover every aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector for remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure.