Proceedings Of The Marine

FAL 2012

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Pictured is CAPT Paul Thomas, head of the U.S. delegation to IMO's Flag State Implementation Subcommittee. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Mr. Tim Farley. CAPT Paul Thomas, on left, and Mr. John Hannon, right, review technical papers in the IMO Plenary Session of the FSI Sub- committee meeting. CAPT Paul Thomas is pictured on the IMO's large screen monitor in the main assembly room as he makes a for- mal statement on behalf of the United States. Assisting him is legal counsel CDR Jason Hamilton, to his right, and Mr. Larry Bowling, NTSB, in back. As technology and worldwide shipping evolves, new safety, security, and environmental protection challenges emerge. Existing IMO instruments are reviewed, updated, amended or proposed, oftentimes based on lessons learned from marine accidents or incidents. Piracy, greenhouse gas emissions, and international agreements aimed at addressing exist- ing, or emerging worldwide marine safety, pollution, and security issues. IMO's body of work includes such instruments as an update of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea; development of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System; the International Safety Management Code; and the International Convention on Standards of Training, &HUWLÀFDWLRQ DQG :DWFKNHHSLQJ IRU 6HDIDUHUV To address pollution issues following an epidemic of ship casualty-related pollution events such as the Tory Canyon,1 the IMO adopted the International Conven- tion for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. This convention, along with other types of conventions, addressed such topics as antifouling systems and ballast water management to prevent the invasion of alien species. The IMO has also addressed emerging ship security issues through the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and the Convention (and Protocols) for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation. 44 Proceedings Fall 2012 WKH LQÁXHQFH RI WKH KXPDQ HOHPHQW RQ VDIHW\ RI OLIH at sea are some of the latest issues IMO is working to address. Historically, the United States, through the U.S. Coast Guard, along with its partners from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, provides overarching macro-level casualty statistics to the IMO 6HFUHWDULDW DV ZHOO DV LQIRUPDWLRQ UHJDUGLQJ VSHFLÀF U.S. casualty investigations meeting a designated IMO threshold, or those having possible worldwide interest. Casualty data is channeled to the MSC by way of the IMO Secretariat and through a casualty analysis working group established and answerable to the MSC's Flag State Implementation Subcom- mittee. Working group members share analysis of VSHFLÀF FDVXDOWLHV RI LQWHUHVW FRQVLGHU FDVXDOW\ GDWD trends or emerging issues, develop lessons learned for seafarers, and help develop investigative protocols and tools to promote worldwide cooperation in casu- alty investigations. www.uscg.mil/proceedings

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