Operating & Environmental Standards

International Maritime Organization Council condemns attacks on commercial shipping in Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has condemned recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman at the 122nd session of the IMO Council which was held in London July 15-19, 2019.

The IMO Council expressed its concern over the grave danger to life and the serious risks to navigational safety and the environment to which such incidents may give rise. The Council also emphasized the need for flag States and shipowners and operators to review the maritime security plans for their ships and implement necessary measures to address the heightened security risk to ships operating in the Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman.

The Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Kitack Lim said, “I strongly urge all Member States to redouble their efforts and to work together to find a long-lasting solution to ensure the safety and security of international shipping around the globe and the protection of the marine environment. We owe it to our industry, which is indispensable to the world, and to our seafarers.”

The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the global standard setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.  The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO.

Additional information can be found on IMO’s website.

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