Keeping watch at IMO

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations, better known to many members as ICOMIA, has released a summary report of all pending International Maritime Organisation (IMO) legislation that will affect the leisure yachting and superyacht industries.

IMO rules are the most senior of all that cover the global marine and maritime industry. Through our membership of ICOMIA, British Marine is able to monitor and engage with the IMO to ensure that legislation is not just fit for purpose, but does not become a cost burden to our industry.

We encourage any members with an interest in IMO legislation, especially those involved in the superyacht sector, to review this document and speak to us about any questions/concerns.

ICOMIA’s report consists of two tables:

Table 1 – provides a summary of the principal legislation originating from IMO that will have or will likely have an impact on the leisure boating and yachting industries.

The table provides the title of the regulation, the IMO Committee and/or Sub-Committee that is responsible for it, a brief description and assessment of the likely impact on the industry, details on the pros and cons on each of the rules, any suggested or actual actions being undertaken by ICOMIA (British Marine has input into this) and lastly, the ‘entry into force’ date.

The table is ordered by the relevant committee responsible for the regulation.

Examples of some of the legislation being considered at present includes:

  • Safe mooring operations
  • Use of FRP in ships’ structures
  • Amendments to SOLAS (safety of life at sea)

Table 2 – shows the compliance dates for the D-2 ballast water performance standard i.e. the date by which a ballast water treatment plant must be installed on board a vessel.

The full ICOMIA report is available to download for British Marine members from our website, under the ‘Latest IMO Reports’ –

For any queries, please contact Ed Tuite, Technical Executive at

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