Legal Committee To Address Maritime Legal Issues: 111th Session Highlights

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  • The 111th session of the Legal Committee (LEG) will be held from April 22 to 26, 2024, at the IMO Headquarters in London with hybrid participation.
  • Key topics include the abandonment of seafarers, fair treatment of seafarers detained on suspicion of maritime crimes, fraudulent ship registration, assessing the need to amend liability limits, etc..,

Abandonment of Seafarers

Seafarer abandonment, when shipowners fail to fulfill obligations related to timely repatriation, payment, and basic necessities, remains a critical issue. Draft Guidelines will be finalized to ensure fair treatment of seafarers detained on suspicion of maritime crimes.

Fraudulent Ship Registration and Liability Limits

The Committee will consider the final report of the Study Group on Fraudulent Registration and Fraudulent Registries of Ships, which recommends actions to prevent and combat fraudulent registrations. To transparently assess the need to amend liability limits, the Committee will finalize and approve methodologies for collecting incident experiences and assessing changes in monetary value.

IMO Liability and Regulation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)

The Committee will revise the Guidelines for accepting insurance companies and approve a draft information pamphlet on the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002. Legal issues regarding the regulation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) will be discussed, and the report of the Joint MSC-LEG-FAL Working Group on MASS will be considered.

Updates on legal issues related to piracy and armed robbery of ships will be provided, with proposals for urgent measures to address Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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Source: IMO