IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has praised the work of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), held last week. A number of very complex technical issues were on the agenda including the development of second-generation intact stability criteria and improving the safety of mooring operations.
Noteworthy achievements of the SDC 6, according to Mr Kitack Lim include:
- Finalisation of the draft SOLAS amendments on safe mooring and three associated sets of guidelines. The draft SOLAS regulation aims to protect seafarers and shore-based staff from injury during mooring operations.
- Finalisation of draft amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 to ensure consistency regarding the provisions for watertight integrity.
- Finalization of the draft 2019 ESP Code.
- Significant progress has been made on the development of second generation intact stability criteria, so that this work may now be finalised at SDC 7.
- Progress was made on development of mandatory instrument for the carriage of personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages.
Mr Kitack Lim thanked the coordinators of the correspondence groups for their commitment, good-will and cooperation to progress the Sub-Committee’s work and achieve consensus decisions. He stated in his closing remarks, “Your Sub-Committee has indeed set the standards for important aspects related to ship design and construction, representing main contributions to the unique IMO knowledge which forms our heritage and ensures the continuous move towards better shipping for a better future.”
Mr Kitack Lim also addressed gender inequality in the maritime industry and said that it needs an “all hands on deck” approach. The IMO is planning a series of events and initiatives to promote the World Maritime Day theme, which is “Empowering women in the maritime community.”