PMAESA

Maritime Safety

Introduction

Shipping is perhaps the most international of all the world's great industries - and one of the most dangerous. It has always been recognized that the best way of improving safety at sea is by developing international regulations that are followed by all shipping nations.

Because of its inherently international nature, the safety of shipping is regulated by various United Nations agencies, in particular the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which has developed a comprehensive framework of global maritime safety regulations.

Regulations concerning shipping are developed at the global level. It is vital that shipping is subject to uniform regulations on matters such as construction standards, navigational rules and standards of crew competence.