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  • 2017 November 28 12:50

    Russia thinks IMO should intensify its efforts on decreasing administrative burden on shipping business (photo)

    Russia thinks IMO should intensify its efforts on decreasing administrative burden on shipping business, press center of RF Transport Ministry cites Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, as saying yesterday, 27 November 2017, at the plenary session of IMO Assembly in London.

    Maxim Sokolov is the head of the Russian delegation at the 30th session of IMO Assembly being held at IMO headquarters in London (27 November to 6 December 2017). 

    When speaking at the session, Maxim Sokolov emphasized the necessity to intensify IMO’s efforts on decreasing administrative burden related to requirements of IMO conventions which presses shipping companies and crews more and more heavily. 

    The Minister also marked the role of the International Maritime Organization as a universal regulator in the sphere of shipping safety and environment protection. Besides, he paid special attention to un-efficient way of solving global problems at a regional level. 

    Having mentioned the role of IMO for regulation of shipping in Polar waters, Maxim Sokolov particularly stressed that imposing of different bans and limits related to shipping in the Arctic can do harm to indigenous people of the far north. 

    He also called on paying special attention to the necessity of successful transition to new sulphur content standards set forth by IMO for marine fuel. 

    Finally, the Minister of Transport called for cooperation at the platform of IMO taking into consideration the significance of challenges. 

    Apart from taking part in the Assembly session, Maxim Sokolov held a meeting with Yury Melenas, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to IMO. He gave a high appraisal of the work carried out by the representative office, emphasized the importance of further activities on protection of national interests and promotion of Russia’s position in the sphere of international shipping. 

    The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation is paying more and more attention to improving the legislation related to safe navigation and environment protection. IMO is a global regulator of international shipping, hence the impact of its decisions on the maritime industry of Russia. 

    The Russian Federation has recently intensified its work on development of different proposals to IMO, not only in the field of polar shipping, where Russia’s position and expertise is quite strong. 

    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.

    IMO’s highest governing body, IMO Assembly numbers 172 Member States. The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session.  It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Council.

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