The IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business

The IMO Compendium is a tool for software developers that design the systems needed to support transmission, receipt, and response via electronic data exchange of information required for the arrival, stay, and departure of the ship, persons, and cargo to a port. By harmonizing the data elements required during a port call and by standardizing electronic messages, the IMO Compendium facilitates the exchange of information ship to shore and the interoperability of single windows, reducing the administrative burden for ships linked to formalities in ports. The IMO Compendium consists of an IMO Data Set and IMO Reference Data Model agreed by the main organizations involved in the development of standards for the electronic exchange of information related to the FAL Convention. Since July 2019, the IMO Expert Group on Data Harmonization (EGDH) is responsible for the technical maintenance of the IMO Compendium and for further expanding its data set and data model to areas beyond the FAL Convention, including exchange of logistics and operational port and shipping data. The first meeting of this expert group took place from 4 to 8 November 2019 at IMO. Access the HTML version of the IMO Compendium

Sulphur 2020: stakeholders prepare for a sea change from 1 January 2020

From January 2020, sulphur oxide emissions from ships will reduced considerably under a forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) rule. This will have significant benefits for human health and the environment – but also represents a challenge for the industry. The preparedness of all stakeholders for this significant change – as well as its challenges – were highlighted during a Symposium on IMO 2020 and Alternative fuels. Read more

Calling on answers on ballast water sampling, monitoring and analysis rules

Much has been made of the various types of ballast water treatment systems available: the pros and cons, the deadline and the costs, both immediate and on-going. But when it comes to regulatory compliance and ballast water indicative sampling and instrument certification. Many questions remain, and the time is ripe for IMO and the industry to step forward and debate. Read more

Albion Marine Team Updates November 2019

A couple of days ago, the Albion Marine Solutions team visited once again Nanaimo, British Columbia to continue with technical services and inspection for a ship deconstruction project. Inquire about out services by calling us at + 604 529 8488 or by sending us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New IMO procedures for maintenance and inspection of life-saving appliances

In May 2016, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee’s 96th session (MSC 96) adopted amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20. These amendments enter into force 1 January 2020 and introduce mandatory requirements for the maintenance and inspection of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear to be carried out by ‘certified personnel’ as per Resolution MSC.402(96). More information