As 2018 marks 70 years since the IMO Convention entered into force, the IMO issued a short animated film showing how the organization has developed mandatory international regulations covering almost every aspect of shipping: safety, environmental protection, search and rescue, security, Arctic routes and many others.
Under the theme ‘Better Shipping for a Better Future‘, IMO is celebrating 70 years of helping international shipping become safer, more secure and develop a greener environmental footprint, with a series of events and commemorative productions being released throughout the year.
The animation traces IMO’s voyage from the 1948 UN conference in Geneva, which saw its founding convention adopted, through to the present day. It highlights key developments such as new rules for tanker safety following the infamous Torey Canyon incident in 1967, the satellite-based Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and the designation of several vital environmentally sensitive areas around the world which today receive special protection from shipping.
The formation of IMO’s two unique educational establishments is also featured, along with the organization’s work to ensure seafarers are both properly educated and trained and receive adequate legal protection.