International Maritime Organization HTW 10 Session
The Department of State will conduct a public meeting at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, both in-person at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and via teleconference. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the tenth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) to be held in London, United Kingdom, from Monday, February 5, 2024, to Friday, February 9, 2024.
The agenda items to be considered include:
—Adoption of the agenda—Comprehensive review of the 1978 STCW Convention and Code—Decisions of other IMO bodies—Biennial status report and provisional agenda for HTW 11—Validated model training courses—Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2025—Role of the human element—Any other business—Reports on unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency—Report to the Maritime Safety Committee
The work of the IMO is carried out by the IMO Secretariat, Member States, IGOs, and NGOs. The daily operations of the IMO, including meeting coordination and preparation, is conducted by the IMO Secretariat, led by the Secretary-General and assisted by a staff of 300 international civil servants. The Member States, IGOs, and NGOs are represented at the IMO during the various IMO meetings (Assembly, Council, 5 Committees, and 7 Sub-Committees). Each Member State has a delegation that consists of the Head of Delegation and advisors.
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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with the responsibility to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for worldwide shipping. The result is a comprehensive body of international conventions, supported by hundreds of recommendations governing every facet of shipping including safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
Key treaties of the IMO include the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
The IMO is based in London, England and is represented by 175 Member States, three Associate Members, and various Intergovernmental Organizations (IGO) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).
The U.S. Coast Guard has been a key participant at the IMO for all policy development since the IMO Convention entered into force over 50 years ago. Numerous U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters personnel take the lead in addressing international maritime issues and are assisted by various government and industry advisors. These advisors include members from the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and a variety of industry experts - all providing the technical support and guidance necessary to advocate U.S. positions on the important maritime issues.