Directorate General of Shipping Hosts Workshop on Strategic Engagement with IMO

Mumbai, June 7, 2024 — The Directorate General of Shipping, under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW), successfully concluded a full-day workshop on “Strategic Engagement of India with IMO” at the Indian Register of Shipping in Mumbai. The event attracted key stakeholders and experts from the maritime industry, marking a significant milestone in India’s efforts to strengthen its presence within the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Exploring IMO’s Structure and Function

The workshop provided an in-depth exploration of the IMO’s structure, composition, functioning, instruments, meetings, conventions, and interventions. Through insightful sessions and interactive discussions, participants delved into the nuances of the IMO’s various committees, including the Standard of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), and Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

The event commenced with an inauguration ceremony, followed by a series of sessions led by distinguished speakers and subject matter experts. One of the highlights was a keynote address by Shri TK Ramachandran, IAS, Secretary, MoPSW, who emphasized the importance of the workshop in strengthening India’s strategic engagement with the IMO. “Today’s workshop marks a pivotal step in our ongoing efforts to strengthen India’s strategic engagement with the International Maritime Organization. By fostering dialogue, sharing insights, and forging partnerships, MoPSW is laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and resilient maritime future,” said Ramachandran.

Focus on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building

A focal point of the workshop was the exploration of opportunities for technical cooperation and capacity building. Shri Shyam Jagannathan, IAS, Director General of Shipping, highlighted the need for a multi-dimensional approach to the shadow committee, incorporating all stakeholders and subject experts on economics and environmental science. “DG Shipping shall strive to make the shadow committee multi-dimensional including all stakeholders as well as subject experts on economics and environmental science,” said Jagannathan.

The workshop facilitated productive interactions between stakeholders, promoting knowledge exchange and collaborative initiatives aimed at advancing India’s maritime interests on the global stage. The discussions underscored the importance of industry involvement in addressing emerging challenges in the maritime sector and fostering sustainable maritime practices.

India’s Strategic Role in IMO

As a member of the IMO and an elected member of its Council, India’s active engagement with the IMO is crucial. With over 7,500 km of coastline, around 200 ports including 12 major ports, and more than 1,500 ships, India’s maritime sector plays a vital role in global shipping. The workshop highlighted India’s commitment to enhancing its engagement with the IMO, focusing on safety, security, and sustainability in maritime operations.

On June 6, 2024, the Shipping Corporation of India, in the presence of Shri TK Ramachandran, hosted another pivotal workshop in Mumbai. This event focused on critical challenges within the shipbuilding industry, with key discussions revolving around the establishment of a Ship Owning and Leasing Entity (SOLE) and the creation of the Maritime Development Fund. These initiatives aim to bolster the sector’s growth and sustainability, further demonstrating India’s commitment to advancing its maritime capabilities.



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