IMO Tells Shipping Firms to Implement Own Business Management Practices

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MANILA, Philippines - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has urged shipping companies to rigorously apply the IMO guidance and industry-developed best management practices in their entirety to fight against piracy when venturing into the western Indian Ocean region.During the recent 34th celebration of the World Maritime Day, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos stressed that no ship is invulnerable particularly those with relatively low freeboards and slow steaming speeds.Governments need to back up their oft-stated concern over the situation by deploying military and other resources commensurate, in numbers and technology, with the scale of the problem and with a realistic chance of dealing with it effectively," Mitropoulos said."While IMO has positioned itself in the epicenter of the concerted efforts being made, it cannot alone supply an instant solution to the issue particularly since, although piracy manifests itself at sea, the roots of the problem are to be found ashore.""Nevertheless, through our action plan and other initiatives, and in collaboration with other interested parties, equally determined and committed as ourselves, we feel confident we will be able to make a difference where the problem is being most acutely felt " at sea," he added. …