IMO’s Facilitation Committee set to adopt mandatory e-data requirements

IMO, Organisations — By on April 1, 2016 at 11:18 AM

IMO FlagsAdoption of revised FAL Annex

The Facilitation Committee is expected to adopt mandatory requirements for the electronic information exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers as part of a revised and modernized annex to the 1965 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL).

The FAL Convention annex includes “Standards” and “Recommended Practices” on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.

Important proposed changes in the revised Annex include the introduction of a new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information, within a period of three years after the adoption of the amendments.

A proposed new recommended practice encourages the use of the “single window” concept to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted without duplication.

Other revised standards cover shore leave and access to shore-side facilities for crew and standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways.

The new revised annex would be expected to enter into force on 1Janaury 2018, under the tacit acceptance procedure.

IMO project for a maritime single window

The Facilitation Committee is expected to be updated on IMO’s ‘Maritime Single Window’ project, for the electronic exchange of arrival and departure information. The Committee is expected to discuss the harmonization and standardization of data formats discuss the way forward for the project, which is included in IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme for 2016-2017.

Cyber security

The Facilitation Committee is expected to identify the facilitation aspects  with regards to protecting the maritime transport network from cyber threats, with a view to developing voluntary maritime cybersecurity guidelines, including best practices.

Guidelines on use of electronic certificates  
The Facilitation Committee is expected to consider revised guidelines on the use of electronic certificates, to reflect Member States’   experience gained in using electronic certificates.

Updating Resolution A.1057(27), Procedures for port State control, 2011
The Facilitation Committee is expected to consider amendments to the procedures for port State control, to include references to electronic certificates.

Guidelines on minimum training and education for mooring personnel 
The Facilitation Committee is expected to consider revised guidelines on minimum training and education for mooring personnel.

IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business
The Facilitation Committee is expected to consider the new format of the joint IMO-WCO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business, prepared by the World Customs Organization.

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