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The Facilitation Committee (FAL) is a subsidiary body of the Council. It was established in May 1972 and deals with IMO's work in eliminating unnecessary formalities and "red tape" in international maritime shipping. Participation in the Facilitation Committee is open to all Member States of IMO.

Additional details regarding the Facilitation Committee can be found in the Rules of Procedure of the Committee.

The United States is represented on the FAL Committee by the Coast Guard. The Head of Delegation for FAL is CAPT Andrew Tucci. CAPT Tucci is supported by the Administrative Program Manager, Mr. James Bull, and various delegation advisors.

Next Session: 40th Session of the Facilitation Committee (FAL 40)

IMO Meeting

Provisional Agenda:
A summary of the items to be considered
Meeting Date: April 4-8, 2016
Meeting Location: IMO Headquarters, London, England

The U.S. delegation holds a public meeting several weeks prior to departing for the IMO meeting. The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to interface with the Coast Guard on the U.S. position for each agenda item. Members of the public interested in attending must contact the meeting coordinator at least 7 days prior to the meeting. The basic meeting details are below however, additional details can be provided by contacting the meeting coordinator.
For FAL 40, there will be two public meetings.  The first is to solicit feedback from the public regarding cyber related items.
Meeting Date: January 25, 2016
Meeting Time: 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
1611 N. Kent Street, Suite 605
Arlington, VA 22209
Meeting Coordinator: Mr. James Bull

Additional Information

Please click here or read below for updated FAL information from the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Activities(CG-FAC).

Previous Sessions

At the end of each FAL meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Council. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Committee. The final reports of the most recent FAL meetings are provided for your reference.

Additional Documentation

Additional FAL meeting documents can be made available by the Coast Guard for U.S. citizens only. Please contact Mr. James Bull if you would like to obtain additional FAL documents.
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Last Modified 1/12/2016