| Fadhil Yunus |
TO MARK the World Maritime Day, a thanksgiving ceremony and congregational Magrib and Isya prayers were held at the Ash-Saliheen Mosque. The religious ceremony was organised by the Marine Department under the Ministry of Communications.
The guest of honour at the event was the Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar.
Also present were Acting Per-manent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos and other senior government officials from the ministry.
World Maritime Day is an annual event celebrated around the world. It aims to bring attention to the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and a healthy maritime environment, as mentioned by International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
This year’s theme, “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” aims to highlight the IMO treaty instruments which have not yet been enforced and whose ratification will yield significant benefits.
Implementation of the IMO measures is the responsibility of member states and its industries. The forthcoming mandatory audit scheme of the IMO aims to assess member state’s performance in meeting their obligations and responsibilities as flag, port and coastal states under the relevant IMO treaties.
The scheme may also encourage states desirous of being scene as “high quality” to ratify and implement key IMO measures. The mandatory audit scheme will be implemented at the beginning of 2016. The audit schedule has already been established, listing out 19 states which will have their audits carried out that year.
Over the years, IMO has built an enviable track record for developing and adopting new international conventions which amount to 53 to date. These conventions aim at prevention of accidents, casualties and environmental damage from ships; mitigating the negative effects of accidents when they do occur and establishing a mechanism for ensuring that those who suffer the consequences of an accident are adequately compensated.