London -IMO Maritime Security Committee

INTERPORTPOLICE Reports on MSC 106 which met from 2 to 11 November 2022

11/12/20222 min read

The INTERPORTPOLICE's UN representative and IMO Delegate DSG Chris Trelawny attended the meeting in person. The “hybrid” meeting took place at IMO Headquarters in London with most delegates attending in person but with other delegates participating remotely. In addition to adopting amendments to the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and other safety related conventions under the Committee’s purview, MSC 106 adopted a new SOLAS chapter XV on Safety measures for ships carrying industrial personnel (IP) along with a related mandatory IP Code; progressed the development of the draft framework safety for maritime autonomous surface ships; and approved guidance on search and rescue operations in areas of armed conflict. Further details may be found on the IMO website

IMO’s Special measures to enhance maritime security are set out in SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the related International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. These legal measures, which complement the border control measures set out in IMO’s Convention on the Facilitation of Maritime Traffic, 1965, as amended (FAL Convention), are supported by a range of guidance and capacity building programmes offered by the IMO Secretariat.

Under its agenda item 6 on Measures to Enhance Maritime Security, MSC 106 considered a document submitted by INTERPORTPOLICE. In this document, which was introduced by Deputy Secretary General Chris Trelawny, INTERPORTPOLICE:

• recognised the good work of IMO and its Secretariat in enhancing maritime security; • recognized that maritime security is multifaceted and multidisciplinary;

• outlined INTERPORTPOLICE’s current support to IMO-led security activities;

• informed the Committee of INTERPORTPOLICE programmes that complement IMO maritime security measures, including CBSP, PSeMS and SeeSayAct; and

• requested delegations to bring them to the attention of their national maritime transport security and facilitation committees.

(INTERPORTPOLICE previously submitted proposals to the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL 46) in support of the development of revised Guidelines for national maritime transport facilitation committees and programmes.).  For additional information on the INTERPORTPOLICE or the See Say Act programme use the links below:

International Maritime Organization - IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO's work supports the UN SDGs. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. The INTERPORTPOLCE holds consultative status to the IMO.

CG RADM Joseph Coyme (Commander, Maritime Services) of the Philippines & DSG Chris Trelawny take a break between sessions