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Introduction to IMO Conventions and Codes

This free online course on the development of international conventions, as well as the requirements for a Flag state.

Publisher: ADU
This free online course on introduction to IMO conventions and codes. It teaches you about the structure, along with the roles and function of the IMO. You will learn about the process for developing international conventions, Flag State requirements, as well as the roles of the flag state. You will also learn about the differences between a Flag state and a port state, some committees of the IMO, as well as functions of IMO sub-committees.
Introduction to IMO Conventions and Codes
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    3-4 Hours
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Introduction to IMO conventions and codes is a free online course that begins by introducing you to the specialized agency of the United Nations known as the International Maritime Organization. The course teaches you about the main focus of the IMO, as well as its role in increasing maritime safety for ships, people working on ships, as well as the environment. This course comprises two modules alongside various topics which have been broken down with accompanying media illustrations to give you a comprehensive understanding of the IMO, its structure, roles and functions. The course explains the brief history of the IMO, as well as the various committees and the subcommittees in the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This course will analyze the IMO Bulk Liquid and Gases (BLG) and Flag State Implementation (FSI), as well as The Radio Communications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR). You will discuss the roles of the Stability and Load Lines and Fishing Vessel Safety (SLF) and Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) amongst others. This course will also teach you about some of the technical problems faced by the IMO, will also be covered in this course.

This course then explains in detail the IMO conventions like the international conventions for the safety of life at sea 1974 (SOLAS). You will also learn about the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL 73/78), and Helsinki convention. You will also be introduced to the international conventions on load lines 1996 and convention on the international regulations for preventing collision at sea, amongst others. The course highlights the objectives for these conventions, as well as some of the technical provisions of some of these conventions. This course explains the code used at sea like the international safety management code (ISM code). Also, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Codes (ISPS Code) will be covered in this course. The course will teach you about a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities. You will also learn about the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The course also identifies the three security levels – normal, heightened and exceptional, along with the measures to be taken by the state for each level.

Furthermore, this course outlines the ship owner’s responsibility under the ISPS, Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR), and the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS). The course also introduces the declaration of security which should be completed before an interface starts between a vessel and a marine facility. This course explores the international Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and sediments. It also explores the methods used to treat ballast water. This course then explains the inspections carried out by the port state, along with how the feedback of deficiencies observed with the flag state is shared. It also highlights some of the schemes like the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme, and how it is aimed at providing audited member states. You will learn about a comprehensive and objective assessment of how effectively key IMO conventions are administered and implemented. This course with the aid of a diagram illustrates how the IMO, flag state, port state and Recognized organization collectively implement the IMO conventions. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in IMO conventions and its operations. So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.

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