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IMO and World Sailing

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Recreational boating is represented at the IMO by World Sailing (formerly the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)). The World Sailing delegation usually includes a representative from the EBA Secretariat. The programme of IMO meetings is available on the IMO website.

IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

The MSC is the highest technical body of the IMO. The MSC is responsible for amendments to conventions such as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Its scope also includes aids to navigation, construction and equipment of vessels, manning from a safety standpoint, rules for the prevention of collisions, handling of dangerous cargoes, maritime safety procedures and requirements, hydrographic information, log-books and navigational records, marine casualty investigations, salvage and rescue and any other matters directly affecting maritime safety.


Links where provided are to reports prepared by the EBA delegate.

IMO Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC)

The remit of the MEPC is the prevention and control of pollution from ships including the adoption, amendment and enforcement of conventions, regulations and measures to achieve this goal.


Links where provided are to reports prepared by the EBA delegate

IMO Navigation Communication and Search and Rescue Committee (NCSR)

The MSC and MEPC have number of sub-committees which assist with their work including the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR).


Links where provided are to reports prepared by the EBA delegate.

World Sailing International Regulations Commission

The World Sailing is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the work governing body for the sport of sailing. Its International Regulations Commission’s remit includes navigation, manning, construction, equipment, safety and use of recreational craft and the environment. Across these areas it monitors legislation and actions and represents the interest of World Sailing, its member National Authorities and users within IMO. It meets once a year.


Links where provided are to reports shared with the EBA by the IRC Chairman.