Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans
IMO's first task when it came into being in 1959 was to adopt a new version of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the most important of all treaties dealing with maritime safety.
IMO has also developed and adopted international collision regulations and global standards for seafarers, as well as international conventions and codes relating to search and rescue, the facilitation of international maritime traffic, load lines, the carriage of dangerous goods and tonnage measurement.
The plight of the nation's fishermen worsens. They work in the USA's most dangerous profession at a time when the Coast Guard is focusing more on homeland security than on safety, marine experts say. Most earn low wages in an industry beset by declining fish prices, overfished waters and shortened fishing seasons.