The International Maritime Organization is seeking public input on administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments.
The United Nations agency has recognized that some administrative requirements contained in IMO instruments may have become “unnecessary, disproportionate or even obsolete,” and is looking to reduce their impact.
“There has long been a feeling in the industry that there is too much wasted paperwork,” said Koji Sekimizu, IMO secretary-general, in a written statement. “This is the start of our efforts to tackle that problem.”
This would not only be beneficial in its own right, it would also help to release resources that could then be channeled towards the organization’s overall goals of improving safety and security in shipping and reducing its negative impact on the environment, IMO said in a written statement.
The consultation process, which will end on Oct. 31, 2013, is being carried out through a dedicated Web site, via the IMO Web site. After it has been completed, a steering group established by the IMO Council will analyze the responses and make recommendations to the council on how to address such burdens.