IMO Treaties Needs To Be Implemented Into National Laws For Effective Port State Control
There is a need to implement IMO treaties into national law so that they can be applied on ships flying the flag of a particular country and also that, those countries can implement effective port State control and comply with other obligations under the specified IMO instruments.
An IMO course provides lawyers and legislative drafters with the tools about need to understand IMO treaties, which includes how they are developed and adopted and the implementation of those treaties into national legislation. A regional workshop was attended by twenty-one participants from Latin America which was on the general principles of drafting maritime legislation to implement IMO Conventions, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador between 5-9 August.
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The IMO mandatory Member State audit scheme was covered, as well as liability and compensation conventions in the relevant treaties. Participants learned best practices in the legal implementation process, with special attention given to the implementation of amendments to IMO treaties which are adopted through the tacit acceptance procedure. The workshop had the main goal is to leave participants able to develop national legislation and to keep it up to date to ensure compliance with the IMO standards.
IMO and the Secretariat of the Operative Network for Regional Cooperation among Maritime Authorities of the Americas (ROCRAM), in collaboration with Prefectura Naval Argentina and Directorate General of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR) of the Republic of Chile, who provided experts free of charge organized the Regional Workshop on the
Transposition of IMO Instruments into National Legislation for ROCRAM Countries. IMO sponsored 21 participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. Eight national participants from Ecuador also took part.