International Maritime Organization

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that addresses maritime affairs.  The IMO is mainly focused on improving the safety of life at sea, enhancing maritime security and preventing pollution into the sea by ships.  Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  CLIA holds consultative status for non-governmental organizations at the IMO, and participates in deliberations on behalf of the cruise industry when international regulations and guidelines are under development.               

CLIA oceangoing Member lines are required to comply with or exceed all applicable IMO regulations.  These internationally mandated standards govern the design, construction and operation of oceangoing ships in international trade and are codified in the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and other related instruments.

CLIA has been involved with important work at IMO for over 20 years.  This section of the website contains a number of papers CLIA has submitted over the recent years to the IMO for consideration on a wide range of relevant issues to the cruise industry.