International Maritime Organization

Institution -
The purposes of the Organization, as summarized by Article 1 (a) of the Convention, are ""to provide machinery for co- operation among Governments in the field of governmental regulation and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade; to encourage and facilitate the general adoption of the highest practicable standards in matters concerning maritime safety, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of marine pollution from ships"". The Organization is also empowered to deal with administrative and legal matters related to these purposes. The Organization has over 160 Member States and two Associate Members.