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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

Taking into account the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases worldwide and the continuing difficulties for some delegates from IMO Member States travelling from abroad to attend IMO meetings, and the determination by the World Health Organization that the outbreak is now pandemic, the decision has been taken to postpone IMO meetings until the end of May.

As a result, the following meetings are now postponed:

  • the 44th session of the Facilitation Committee (FAL), scheduled to take place from 20 to 24 April;
  • the 102nd session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), scheduled to take place from 13 to 22 May.
  • the 2nd meeting of the IMO Expert Group on Data Harmonization (IMO EG (EGDH)), scheduled to take place from 27 April to 1 May;
  • the Port symposium "A Holistic approach to standards for port operational data in maritime supply chains", scheduled to take place on 30 April.

These postponements are in addition to those already announced, which include:

  • the 7th meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, scheduled to take place from 23 to 27 March 2020;
  • the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), scheduled to take place from 30 March to 3 April 2020.

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