The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Secretariat has postponed more meetings in light of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s determination that the COVID-19 outbreak is now pandemic.
IMO made the decision to postpone three meetings having taken into account the rapid increase of cases worldwide and the continuing difficulties for some delegates from IMO member states travelling from abroad to attend meetings.
These include the seventh meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships and the 33rd meeting of the E&T Group (IMSBC), which were both scheduled to take place from March 23 to 27 2020.
It has also postponed the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committiee (MEPC) that was scheduled to take place from March 30 to April 3.
These postponements are in addition to those already announced on March 6, specifically the postponement of the meeting of the Scientific Group of the London Convention and London Protocol (scheduled for March 9 to March 13) and the 107th session of the Legal Committee (March 16 to March 20).
The IMO Secretary-General will be consulting with member states, and in particular members of the council, on these actions and any others required in the interest of public health and safety.
Meanwhile, the IMO Secretariat will continue to monitor all developments related to the virus and will advise as soon as possible on future developments.
Rescheduling of the postponed meetings will be announced in good time in order for delegates to make appropriate arrangements.