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The IMLI Treatise On Global Ocean Governance - Volume III: The IMO and Global Ocean Governance edited by Attard, David J; Balkin, Rosalie P; Greig, Donald W (26th July 2018)

1 The IMO and Global Ocean Governance: Past, Present, and Future

Rosalie P. Balkin

From: The IMLI Treatise On Global Ocean Governance: Volume III: The IMO and Global Ocean Governance

Edited By: David J Attard, Rosalie P Balkin, Donald W Greig

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 May 2019

International co-operation — Marine environment, protection — Ships / vessels

This chapter shows how the 171 Member States and 3 Associate Members that make up the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) membership have shown themselves to be focussed on promoting the twin goals of safe, secure, sound, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. This has been achieved in part through the establishment and maintenance of a web of regulations ranging from over 50 fully fledged multinational conventions to a host of other so-called ‘soft law’ instruments. More remarkably, most of the Organization’s main safety and environmental conventions cover over 90 per cent of the tonnage of the world’s commercial fleet. This underscores the significance attributed by the IMO and its membership to the need for global standards and practices. Doubtless, however, much effort still remains to be expended to ensure the global uniform application of these regulations.

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