The International Maritime Organization is a United Nations specialised agency that was founded in 1948 with its HQ in London.
Germany has joined the organisation on 7 January 1959.
The main tasks are the international regulation of all not purely economic aspects of trade shipping, the reduction of marine pollution, as well as the improvement of security and working conditions of international shipping.
Their motto is: "Safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans".
At present the IMO has 174 member states and approximately 300 employees.
Germany very actively participates in the work of all IMO bodies, as it has a vital interest in international seaborne trade.
The majority of Germany’s foreign trade is carried out by sea, and the annual turnover of the German maritime sector is around €50bn.
There are more than 350 shipping companies based in Germany, and 2500 seagoing vessels in operation.
The German managed fleet ranks 4th in the world merchant fleet.
Ships flying the flag of Germany have to strictly comply with the IMO’s international standards on safety, security and environmental protection. Vessels operating under the German flag are regularly ranked highly in international statistics on port state control.
It was an honour to present my credentials to the International Maritime Organization. With the German managed fleet ranking 4th in the world merchant fleet, we remain highly committed to the Organisation. It’s key to strengthen the IMO’s global regulatory regime. pic.twitter.com/2SmsDvOAmR— Ambassador Peter Wittig (@GermanAmbUK) September 10, 2018