Sustainable Shipping

17 January 2020 - 13:00

The next UNA Lunchbox talk is on
Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet: The Role of the United Nations.
Our speaker will be Lee Adamson, Head of Information Services, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - an agency of the UN.
But although safety at sea was and remains IMO's most important responsibility, a new problem began to emerge - pollution. The growth in the amount of oil being transported by sea and in the size of oil tankers was of particular concern and the Torrey Canyon disaster of 1967, in which 120,000 tonnes of oil was spilled, demonstrated the scale of the problem.
During the next few years IMO introduced a series of measures designed to prevent tanker accidents and to minimize their consequences. It also tackled the environmental threat caused by routine operations such as the cleaning of oil cargo tanks and the disposal of engine room wastes - in tonnage terms a bigger menace than accidental pollution.
Lee will talk about what the IMO does and how the 171 member countries work together on matters like ship design, crew training and environmental matters. He will also talk about IMO's work helping developing countries build the capacity to meet their obligations under international treaties.

Free - Booking not needed
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Friends Meeting House
Upper Goat Lane
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1EW
Category:Environment
Type:Talk or discussion
Contact: Marguerite Finn