The purpose of IMCO is to achieve the highest practicable standards of maritime safety and efficient navigation by facilitating cooperation among governments in technical maritime matters of all kinds affecting shipping. It has a special responbility for safety of life at sea. IMCO also provides for a wide exchange of information between nations on all technical maritime subjects. Another purpose of IMCO is to discourage discriminatory, unfair and restrictive practices affecting ships in international trade, so as to promote the freest possible availability of shipping services to meet the needs of the world for overseas transport. IMCO advises other United Nations agencies dealing with labor questions, telecommunications, meterology, oceanography, aviation, atomic energy and health. The functions of IMCO are consultative and advisory. In addition to providing machinery for consultation and exchange of information between governments on shipping matters, it is responsible for convening international conventions or agreements on shipping questions. It may consider and make recommendations upon any maritime subject submitted by its member states, by an organ of the United Nations family or by any other international body. Considering IMCO's ever increasing importance to shipping in general and to the mariner in particular, especially in regard to safety of life at sea, it seems both appropriate and timely to review the progress of this pertinent organization and its relationship to the United States.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Northern Calif. Section of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Goddu Jr, L W
  • Publication Date: 1971-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00032704
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1973 12:00AM