(1921) is an intergovernmental consultative and technical organization supporting safety in navigation and the protection of the marine environment.
The IMO’s primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes maritime safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. IMO is governed by an assembly of members and is financially administered by a council of members elected from the assembly. The work of IMO is conducted through five committees and these are supported by technical subcommittees. Other UN organisations may observe the proceedings of the IMO. Observer status is granted to qualified non-governmental organisations.
(1957) gathers marine aids to navigation authorities, manufacturers and consultants offering them the opportunity to compare and exchange their experiences and achievements. IALA’s aim is to harmonize AtoNs worldwide and to ensure vessel movements are safe, expeditious, cost effective and harmless to the environment.