The Assembly,
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The Assembly,

 RECALLING article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

 RECALLING ALSO that one of the goals of the Organization is to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of IMO instruments globally and compliance with their requirements and that, through resolutions A.777(18) and A.900(21), the Assembly reaffirmed the contents of resolution A.500(XII) and thus the assignment of the highest priority to promoting the implementation of international instruments aiming at improvement of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment,

 RECALLING FURTHER that, through resolution A.946(23), the Assembly approved the establishment and further development of the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (hereinafter referred to as the Audit Scheme), and requested the Council to develop, as a matter of high priority, procedures and other modalities for its implementation,

 RECOGNIZING that Parties to international conventions (such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS 1974) and its 1988 Protocol; the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto, as amended (MARPOL 73/78); the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amended (COLREG 1972); the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LL 1966), as amended by its 1988 Protocol; the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW); and the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TONNAGE 1969) have, as part of the ratification process, accepted to fully meet their responsibilities and to discharge their obligations under the conventions and other instruments to which they are party,

 REAFFIRMING that States have the primary responsibility to have in place an adequate and effective system to exercise control over ships entitled to fly their flag, and to ensure that they comply with the relevant international rules and regulations,

 REAFFIRMING ALSO that States, in their capacity as port and coastal States, have other obligations and responsibilities under applicable international law in respect of maritime safety and security and protection of the marine environment,

 NOTING that, while States may realize certain benefits by becoming Parties to instruments aiming at promoting maritime safety and security and the prevention of pollution from ships, those benefits can only be fully realized when all Parties carry out their obligations as required by the instruments concerned,

 NOTING ALSO that the ultimate effectiveness of any instrument depends, inter alia, upon all Member States and other States:

  • (a) becoming Parties to all instruments related to maritime safety, security and pollution prevention and control;

  • (b) implementing and enforcing such instruments fully and effectively;

  • (c) reporting to the Organization, as required,

 CONSCIOUS of the difficulties that Governments may face in their wish to comply with all the requirements of the various IMO instruments to which they are party,

 RECOGNIZING the assistance that the Organization's Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme may provide to the minimization of the difficulties faced by Governments,

 BEING DESIROUS to assist Governments to improve their capabilities and overall performance in order to comply with the IMO instruments to which they are party,

 BEARING IN MIND that the Audit Scheme contains references to the Code for the implementation of mandatory IMO instruments, as appropriate; and that the Code, in addition to providing guidance for the implementation and enforcement of IMO instruments, forms the basis of the Audit Scheme, in particular concerning the identification of the auditable areas,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendations made by the Council at its ninety-fourth regular session and twenty-third extraordinary session,

  1 ADOPTS the Framework and Procedures for the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme, set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2 URGES Governments to:

  • (a) volunteer to be audited in accordance with the said Framework and Procedures, thus contributing to the Organization's efforts to achieve consistent and effective implementation of its instruments; and

  • (b) consider contributing resources to ensure the success of the Audit Scheme, which could include, inter alia, qualified auditors and the support they need to carry out their duties once appointed as audit team leader or members;

  3 REQUESTS the Council to monitor the implementation of the Audit Scheme with a view to its further improvement and development and to report to the Assembly, as appropriate.


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