One of our most important roles as a learned society is our contribution to ensuring that existing and emerging marine activities are safe and technically, environmentally and economically sound. We provide the invaluable public service of giving impartial professional advice of the highest standard to governing bodies trying to develop reasonable regulation of marine and maritime activities.
This advice is hard to find, because very few organisations are able to provide it, given their constituencies or their mission. Our contributions to the (inter)governmental decision-making process support the development of unambiguous, technically informed, scientifically supported and practically implementable outcomes.
The opportunity to participate in this work is a significant benefit of being a member of the IMarEST and we not only represent your views, but are represented by you, our members, in a variety of ways including sitting on committees of standards bodies, responding to consultations and calls for evidence for the development of national and regional regulation.
The IMarEST holds an extremely privileged positon of having formal recognition across a range of intergovernmental organisations at a level unrivalled by similar organisations of our kind.
- Non-governmental organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
- Observer status with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
- Observer status with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
- Observer status with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Observer status with the London Convention / London Protocol
- Observer status with the Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)
- Special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates our access to other international meetings where our specialised marine expertise is of particular use e.g. the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) informal consultative process, the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, and the work of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on marine mining.
Submissions to IMO
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. IMarEST members can access submissions to IMO in the IMarEST Digital Archive.
The submissions cover technical inputs to the principal IMO committees on Maritime Safety and Marine Environmental Protection and the associated sub-committees. Papers are added immediately following the conclusion of the relevant meeting.
Please ensure you are logged in to the IMarEST website as member, before clicking on the following links:
- All submissions to IMO by Year
- Submissions to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)
- Submissions to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)
- Submissions to Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases
- Submissions to the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping
- Submissions to the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response
- Submissions to the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment
- Submissions to the Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping