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USCG: IMO Sub-Committees

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The IMO consists of seven technical Sub-Committees which support the work of the five policy-making Committees. The Sub-Committees are under the direct instructions of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). Like the Committee sessions, the Sub-Committee sessions are attended by maritime experts from Member Governments, together with those from interested intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

Nine Sub-Committees, BLG, COMSAR, DE, DSC, FP, FSI, NAV, SLF, and STW, that existed up until 2013, were amalgamated into seven. Each new Sub-Committee was provided with new terms of reference and will meet under thier new names and terms of reference beginning in January, 2014. This reorganization resulted from a recent initiative by the IMO to become more efficient with resources. A brief description of the relationship between the old and new Sub-Committees is provided here.

The work of the seven Sub-Committees is described by their titles, as follows:

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For question or more information about the Coast Guard's work with the IMO, please contact:

Commercial Regulations and Standards (CG-5PS)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Address 2100 Second Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593
202-372-1376
Email LCDR Matt Frazee
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