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Latest on the International Maritime Organization’s efforts to bring in a maritime security code.

Speaking at the opening of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI), which meets from March 15 to 19, International Maritime Organization Secretary-General, Efthimios E Mitropoulos led a minute of silence for the victims of last week’s attacks in the Spanish capital, as well as for those in the United States, Bali, Moscow, Istanbul and in all other parts of the world which have suffered at the hands of terrorists.
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Mr Mitropoulos said: ‘The devastating news of last week’s atrocities in Madrid has filled us all with anguish and a feeling of personal loss for fellow human beings whom we did not know, while the pictures of the scenes where the atrocities were committed brought home the terror in its full dimension. As far as we, servants of the maritime mode are concerned, our concern, in the context of the question posed by analysts and commentators as to which country will be the next target, should be which mode of transport will attract next the interest of the perpetrators of these unlawful acts. We should mobilize all our resources to protect our industry, the international trade and the global economy from those whose motives and acts have nothing at all to do with all that the civilized world stands for." The IMO Secretary-General urged all parties concerned, be they Administrations, designated authorities, port authorities, companies, recognized security organisations, training institutions or others, to intensify their efforts to meet the entry-into-force deadline for the new security regime specified in SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The new measures enter into force on July 1. "I might even go one step further by urging all parties concerned, in particular SOLAS Contracting Governments and port organizations, to implement the new measures as early as possible, as far as ships entitled to fly their flags and port facilities under their jurisdiction are concerned," Mr Mitropoulos told delegates.

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