About us

The International Maritime Organisation is the technical body of the United Nations in charge of improving safety and security of international shipping. In addition to the latter, IMO is also responsible for providing measures for preventing pollution from ships.

IMO’s governing body is the Assembly made up of all member states (172), which meets every two years. The Assembly adopts the budget of the Organisation and elects the IMO Council, composed of 40 member States, to act as governing body between the sessions of the Assembly.

The 40 member States of the Council are divided into three groups – Category A: 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services; Category B: 10 other states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade; and Category B: 20 other States not elected under (A) or (B) which have special interest in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the  representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

The technical work of the IMO is carried out through the IMO Committees: Maritime Safety (MSC), Marine Environment Protection (MEPC), Facilitation (FAL), Legal (LEG), and Technical Cooperation (TC); which are subsequently assisted by technical Subcommittees: Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC),  Implementation of IMO Instruments (III), Ships Systems and Equipment (SSE), Ship Design and Construction (SDC), Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), Human Element Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), and Navigation Communication and Search and Rescue (NCSR).

Panamá, as the largest flag State, is the main contributor to IMO’s budget, and as a member of Category A of IMO’s Council is a constant and active member of the Organisation’s activities. Consistent with the core objectives of the IMO Convention, Panama promotes practical and realistic development of the international regulatory framework in terms of safety of life at sea, security, and the protection of the marine environment.

Panamá, as the largest flag State, is the main contributor to IMO’s budget, and as a member of Category A of IMO’s Council is a constant and active member of the Organisation’s activities. Panama’s objectives, within the context of IMO, is to promote the practical and realistic development of the international regulatory framework in terms of safety of life at sea, security, and the protection of the marine environment.

As an active member of the Organization, Panama is signatory to the most relevant maritime Conventions: IMO, SOLAS, MARPOL Annexes I-VI, STCW, FAL, TONNAGE, Load Lines, COLREGs, SAR, BWM, AFS, CLC Protocol `92, FUND Protocol `92, IMSO, INTERVENTION, SUA, WRECK, Ship Recycling and BUNKERS.