IMO Council condemns tanker attacks in Gulf

International Maritime Organization. Credit: IMO

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) publicly condemned the recent attacks on commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman at a meeting in London.

After debate, the IMO Council expressed its concern over the grave danger to life and the serious risks to navigational safety and the environment presented by such acts of aggression.

The Council also emphasised the need for flag states, shipowners, and operators to review the maritime security plans for their ships and implement necessary measures to address the heightened security risk to ships operating in the region where the attacks took place.

According to a statement from IMO, the Council recognises the strategic importance of the navigational routes in and near the Strait of Hormuz, and reminds all flag states, shipowners, and operators of the need to implement appropriate security measures for their ships at all times.

Addressing the Council, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim emphasised his personal condemnation of the attacks, asserting that, “threats to ships and their crew, peaceably going about their business in any part of the world, are intolerable”.

“I strongly urge all member states to redouble their efforts and to work together to find a long-lasting solution to ensure the safety and security of international shipping around the globe and the protection of the marine environment. We owe it to our industry, which is indispensable to the world, and to our seafarers,” he said.