List of IMO Conventions and Codes with their current status and amendments

The majority of IMO Conventions adopted by IMO or for which the Organization is otherwise responsible, fall into three main categories.

  • The first group is concerned with maritime safety;
  • the second with the prevention of marine pollution;
  • and the third with liability and compensation, especially in relation to damage caused by pollution. 

Outside these major groupings are a number of other conventions dealing with

  • facilitation,
  • tonnage measurement,
  • unlawful acts against shipping and salvage, etc.

The IMO has six main bodies concerned with the adoption or implementation of conventions. 

The Assembly and Council are the main organs, and the committees involved are the Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee, Legal Committee, and the Facilitation Committee.  Developments in shipping and other related industries are discussed by the Member States in these bodies, and the need for a new convention or amendments to existing conventions can be raised in any of them.

List of IMO Conventions

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto and by the Protocol of 1997 (MARPOL)
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers ( STCW) as amended, including the 1995 and 2010 Manila Amendments

List of IMO Conventions related to Maritime Safety and Security and Ship and/ or Port interface

  • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG), 1972
  • International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 1966
  • Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965
  • International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979
  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988, and Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf (and the 2005 Protocols)
  • International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), 1972
  • Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSO C), 1976 
  • The Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels (SFV), 1977,  superseded by The 1993 Torremolinos Protocol; Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels 
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995
  • Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement (STP), 1971 and Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973

List of IMO Conventions related to the Prevention of Marine Pollution

  • International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (INTERVENTION), 1969
  • Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (LC), 1972 (and the 1996 London Protocol)
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC), 1990
  • Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)
  • International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), 2001
  • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004
  • The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009

List of IMO Conventions covering Liability and Compensation

Other Important IMO Conventions

  • International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE), 1969
  • International Convention on Salvage (SALVAGE), 1989

Convention establishing IMO

Convention on the International Maritime Organization