International Maritime Organization (IMO)


IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO’s work supports the UN SDGs.​

Description of Activities on AI

Project 1: Shipping digitalization/cooperation with ports and Maritime Single Window

“Single window” for data, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal, without duplication. In Antigua and Barbuda the window was completed in 2019 and the source code for the system will now be made available to other countries who need it. The single window was created to reduce the administrative burden in the manual exchange of information related to maritime transport

Project 2: Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)

Set of guidelines for the conduct of MASS trials, stipulating that trials should be conducted in a manner that provides at least the same degree of safety, security and protection of the environment as provided by the relevant instruments

Project 3: E-Navigation

Number of circulars related to e-navigation were approved in 2019 by the 101st session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). E-navigation is defined as “the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment.

Project 4: Marine Environmental Protection and AI

IMO under its Global Industry Alliance (GIA) is working towards promoting Just-In-Time (JIT) arrivals of ships through the use of AIS data and port specific data with an aim to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions in ports.

Project 5: Digital Review

IMO is undertaking a digital review, to ensure a future-viable IMO, as part of a broader Functional Review. The Secretariat aims to ascertain what is working well and what is not working well, what is needed and what is redundant, and to develop a digital strategy and roadmap for the next 5 years to ensure the Secretariat embraces digital opportunities in a way which will make it future viable with regards to digital access.

Project 6: Knowledge building

A seminar/workshop to strengthen knowledge of the maritime community/IMO staff, as well as delegates.

Project 7: AI for Sustainable Maritime Transport (AI-SMART)

A Possible collaboration with private sector and AI solution providers to enable developing countries to be prepared for AI related solutions in maritime.

Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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