‘The authority of IMO continues to be challenged,’ says head of ICS

The head of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has taken a swipe at organisations elbowing into the domain where traditionally the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has ruled the roost.

In publishing the ICS’s annual report today, its chairman Masamichi Morooka, warned: “The authority of IMO continues to be challenged by unilateral rules, principally those emanating from the European Union and the United States. This is making the maintenance of an effective global regulatory framework increasingly complicated.  The IMO global regime cannot and must not be taken for granted.”

The annual review comes out just ahead of the chamber’s AGM, scheduled in Tokyo at the start of next month.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Put that the other way round: the IMO was set up (as the IMCO) in order to stop this happening.

    If it happens, it tells us that the IMO is failing in its primary task in the area where it happens.

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