IMO – Facilitation matters, Vega database video

IMO, Logistics — By on April 4, 2017 at 11:23 AM

The theme for World Maritime Day 2017 “Connecting ships, ports and people”, provides an opportunity to highlight the value of integration in the maritime and logistics sectors. The theme has particular resonance for IMO’s Facilitation Committee, which is meeting (4-7 April) at IMO Headquarters. The Committee will discuss matters relating to the Facilitation Convention (FAL), which supports international maritime traffic by providing a set of consistent, uniform regulations to facilitate the free flow of commerce. At its last session, in 2016, the Committee adopted a revised Annex to the FAL Convention, which includes mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers and 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 via a single portal without duplication. The Committee will focus during the current session on the implementation of the new requirements, including the development of a revised explanatory manual. The Committee will also discuss the way forward for IMO’s Maritime Single Window project, under which the IMO Secretariat has been looking at ways to develop a Maritime Single Window prototype. The Committee will discuss the harmonization and standardization of data formats.
The Facilitation Committee 41st session was opened by Ashok Mahapatra, Director, Maritime Safety Division, on behalf of Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The chair is Mr. Yury Melenas (Russian Federation).

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IMO instruments database – all you need to know

Watch the new video explaining everything you need to know about the IMO database of instruments – the one stop shop for IMO regulations. The IMO-Vega Database, developed by IMO and DNV GL, is a comprehensive database of IMO instruments that includes major instruments such as the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), as well as historical and legal texts.

The Database is available in three digital formats: electronic download, subscription and download bundle. Find out more about subscriptions and free trials here.

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