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29 Jul 2010 description

IMO, shipping industry, seafarers unite in seeking UN response to piracy and release of hostages held in Somalia

Support from the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to secure the release of hostages - seafarers, in the main - currently being held by pirates in Somalia has been sought, via a letter jointly signed by IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and heads of international shipping and seafarer organizations.

In the letter they asked Mr.

17 May 2010 description

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has told the United Nations General Assembly that multilateral co operation arrangements, between and among States, regions and institutions can provide the means to reduce the risk of unprovoked piracy attacks on innocent ships, citing coordinated patrols in high-risk areas, information sharing, intelligence exchange and hot pursuit following attacks as among the tools by which this can be achieved.

Addressing an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, on Friday, 14 May, on the subject of piracy, Mr.

02 Nov 2009 description

Briefing 32/2009

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos has reiterated IMO's assurance to the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, that the Organization stands ready to assist Somalia in repressing piracy off its coast and in the Gulf of Aden, following a meeting at IMO Headquarters in London on 27 October.

Also present at the meeting were the TFG's Minister of Planning and International Communication, Mr.

17 Jun 2009 description

Maritime Safety Committee - 86th session: 27 May - 5 June 2009

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Revised guidance on combating piracy agreed by IMO Maritime Safety Committee

Revised guidance on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships was agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June.

27 May 2009 description

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Preview: Maritime Safety Committee - 86th session: 27 May - 5 June 2009

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June.

The packed agenda includes discussion on piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, the implementation of the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, the development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life …

02 Apr 2009 description

At the invitation of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, a meeting took place on 30 March 2009, at the IMO Headquarters, with the participation of representatives of shipping industry bodies (known collectively as the "Round Table of international shipping associations", i.e.

01 Apr 2009 description


The problem of modern piracy, because of the various connotations it has in the case of Somalia, is difficult and complex and a holistic solution may not be easy to find before outstanding political differences are settled on land. Because the perpetrators of these unlawful acts behave with complete disrespect for civil society, unashamedly provoking the rule of law, there is a need to rise to the challenge, redoubling efforts and taking, Governments and industry alike, all the necessary measures to eradicate the scourge.

24 Feb 2009 description

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios E.

30 Jan 2009 description

A high-level meeting of 17 States from the Western Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea areas, convened by IMO in Djibouti to help address the problem of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, has adopted a Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Code of Conduct).

The meeting, which was opened on 26 January 2009 by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and the Prime Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Mr.

27 Jan 2009 description

A high-level meeting in Djibouti has been convened by IMO to help address the problem of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.

The meeting, which was opened yesterday (26 January 2009) by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and the Prime Minister of Djibouti, Mr.

20 Oct 2008 description

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pledged his support for an extension of the mandate, given in United Nations Security Council resolution 1816 (2008), enabling States co operating with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to enter the country's territorial waters and use all necessary means in order to repress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, consistent with relevant international law. That mandate is due to expire on 1 December 2008, i.e.

15 Apr 2008 description

IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has commended the recent intervention of French naval forces which succeeded in releasing all the crew of the French yacht, Le Ponant - hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, on 4 April 2008. He also praised the co-operation between the authorities of France and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in resolving the incident without conflict, injury or loss of life, and in apprehending the suspected pirates.

During a meeting held on 15 April 2008 with Mr.

29 Nov 2007 description

Renewed calls for action to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, in particular off the coast of Somalia, were made by the 25th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it adopted a new resolution on Piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia today (Thursday, 29 November).

The resolution was submitted to the Assembly at the recommendation of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E.