Convention on the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 17/03/1958

Category

Institutional Participation

Sub category

International Trade Law

Groups

IMO

What is it about?

This Convention establishes the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a permanent international body to cater for the needs of shipping. This instrument provides for IMO’s regulations on, inter alia: its purposes, functions, the procedures to become a Member, the competencies of the internal organs and committees, voting, legal capacity, privileges and immunities.

Why is it relevant?

The International Maritime Organization provides for international cooperation in shipping; it is the main international body dealing with this subject. It organizes cooperation amongst Governments on technical matters affecting shipping, maritime safety, marine pollution, liability and compensation. It also encourages the general adoption of the highest practicable standards in matters concerning maritime safety and efficiency of navigation and the removal of discriminatory action and unnecessary restrictions by Governments. IMO also provides for the drafting of international legal instruments recommending them to Governments and to other international organizations.

Additional Information

IMO does not engage in activities that might be regarded as economic or commercial, limiting itself to technical matters.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania24/05/1993
Algeria31/10/1963
Angola06/06/1977
Antigua and Barbuda13/01/1986
Argentina18/06/1953
Australia13/02/1952
Austria02/04/1975
Azerbaijan15/05/1995
Bahamas22/07/1976
Bahrain22/09/1976
Bangladesh27/05/1976
Barbados07/01/1970
Belgium09/08/1951
Belize13/09/1990
Benin19/03/1980
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)06/07/1987
Bosnia and Herzegovina16/07/1993
Brazil04/03/1963
Brunei Darussalam31/12/1984
Bulgaria05/04/1960
Cambodia03/01/1961
Cameroon01/05/1961
Canada15/10/1948
Cape Verde24/08/1976
Chile17/02/1972
China01/03/1973
Colombia19/11/1974
Comoros03/08/2001
Congo05/09/1975
Costa Rica04/03/1981
Cote d'Ivoire04/11/1960
Croatia08/07/1992
Cuba06/03/1966
Cyprus21/11/1973
Czech Republic18/06/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea16/04/1986
Democratic Republic of the Congo16/08/1973
Denmark03/06/1959
Djibouti20/02/1979
Dominica18/12/1979
Dominican Republic25/08/1953
Ecuador12/07/1956
Egypt17/03/1958
El Salvador12/02/1981
Equatorial Guinea06/09/1972
Eritrea31/08/1993
Estonia31/01/1992
Ethiopia03/07/1975
Fiji14/03/1983
Finland21/04/1959
France09/04/1952
Gabon01/04/1976
Gambia11/01/1979
Georgia22/06/1993
Germany07/01/1959
Ghana06/07/1959
Greece31/12/1958
Grenada03/12/1998
Guatemala16/03/1983
Guinea03/12/1975
Guinea-Bissau06/12/1977
Guyana13/05/1980
Haiti23/06/1953
Honduras23/08/1954
Hungary10/06/1970
Iceland08/11/1960
India06/01/1959
Indonesia18/01/1961
Iran02/01/1958
Iraq28/08/1973
Ireland26/02/1951
Israel24/04/1952
Italy28/01/1957
Jamaica11/05/1976
Japan17/03/1958
Jordan09/11/1953
Kazakhstan11/03/1994
Kenya22/08/1973
Kiribati28/10/2003
Kuwait05/07/1960
Latvia01/03/1993
Lebanon03/05/1966
Liberia06/01/1959
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya16/02/1970
Lithuania07/12/1995
Luxembourg14/02/1991
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)13/10/1993
Madagascar08/03/1961
Malawi19/01/1989
Malaysia17/06/1971
Maldives31/05/1967
Malta22/06/1966
Marshall Islands26/03/1998
Mauritania08/05/1961
Mauritius18/05/1978
Mexico21/09/1954
Moldova12/12/2001
Monaco22/12/1989
Mongolia11/12/1996
Montenegro10/10/2006
Morocco30/07/1962
Mozambique17/01/1979
Myanmar06/07/1951
Namibia27/10/1994
Nepal31/01/1979
Netherlands31/03/1949
New Zealand09/11/1960
Nicaragua17/03/1982
Nigeria15/03/1962
Norway29/12/1958
Oman30/01/1974
Pakistan21/11/1958
Palau2011
Panama31/12/1958
Papua New Guinea06/05/1976
Paraguay15/03/1993
Peru15/04/1968
Philippines09/11/1964
Poland16/03/1960
Portugal17/03/1976
Qatar19/05/1977
Republic of Korea10/04/1962
Romania28/04/1965
Russian Federation24/12/1958
Saint Kitts and Nevis08/10/2001
Saint Lucia10/04/1980
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines29/04/1981
Samoa25/10/1996
San Marino12/03/2002
Sao Tome and Principe09/07/1990
Saudi Arabia25/02/1969
Senegal07/11/1960
Serbia11/12/2000
Seychelles13/06/1978
Sierra Leone14/03/1973
Singapore17/01/1966
Slovakia24/03/1993
Slovenia10/02/1993
Solomon Islands27/06/1988
Somalia04/04/1978
South Africa28/02/1995
Spain23/01/1962
Sri Lanka06/04/1972
Sudan05/07/1974
Suriname14/10/1976
Sweden27/04/1959
Switzerland20/07/1955
Syrian Arab Republic28/01/1963
Thailand20/09/1973
Timor-Leste2004
Togo20/06/1983
Tonga23/02/2000
Trinidad and Tobago27/04/1965
Tunisia23/05/1963
Turkey25/03/1958
Turkmenistan26/08/1993
Tuvalu2003
Uganda2009
Ukraine28/03/1994
United Arab Emirates04/03/1980
United Kingdom14/02/1949
United Republic of Tanzania08/01/1974
United States of America17/08/1950
Uruguay10/05/1968
Vanuatu21/10/1986
Venezuela27/10/1975
Viet Nam12/06/1984
Yemen14/03/1979
Zambia2014
Zimbabwe2004
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