THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE,
RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the
International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee in
relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety, security and the
prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,
BELIEVING that the enhancement of maritime safety, security and
pollution prevention and the prevention of maritime fraud could be facilitated if a
permanent identification number were assigned to companies and registered owners which
would remain unchanged and would be inserted on ships. certificates,
HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendations made by the Conference of
Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea,
1974 on Maritime Security (Conference resolution 3 on Further work by the Organization
pertaining to the enhancement of maritime security),
1. ADOPTS the IMO unique company and registered owner identification number
scheme, as set out in the Annex to the present resolution, for implementation on a
2. RECOMMENDS Governments
concerned to implement the scheme as far as is practicable, and to inform IMO of
measures taken in this respect.
Annex IMO Unique company and registered owner identification number scheme
1 The purpose of the scheme is to enhance
maritime safety and security and pollution prevention and to facilitate the prevention
of maritime fraud. It is not intended to prejudice matters of liability, civil law or
other commercial considerations in the operation of companies and registered owners.
2 The scheme may be applied by
Administrations on a voluntary basis for new or existing companies and registered
owners, managing ships of 100 gross tonnage and upwards under their flag, involved in
international voyages. Administrations may also wish to assign the IMO numbers to
companies and registered owners engaged solely in domestic trade and to insert the
number in the national certificates.
OF IMO UNIQUE COMPANY AND REGISTERED OWNER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
3 The IMO unique company and registered
owner identification number is a number, allocated at the time of issuance of a
document listed in paragraph 6, with the prefix IMO (e.g. IMO 8712345).
Administrations which have decided to implement the scheme are invited to assign all
appropriate companies and registered owners managing ships entitled to fly their
flags, or cause them to be assigned, the IMO unique company and registered owner
identification number and to insert them on ships. certificates.
4 For new companies and registered owners, the assignment of
the IMO unique company and registered owner identification number should be made when
the company.s ship is entitled to fly its flag. For existing companies and registered
owners, the assignment of the IMO unique company and registered owner identification
number should be made at an early convenient date, such as when the certificates
listed in this resolution are issued or renewed.
5 Administrations implementing the scheme are invited to inform the
Organization accordingly, for circulation to other Administrations.
DOCUMENTS ON WHICH THE IMO UNIQUE COMPANY AND REGISTERED
OWNER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS TO BE INSERTED
6 The IMO unique company and registered
owner identification number should be inserted on the following documents:
.1 Document of Compliance; Safety Management
Certificate; Interim Document of Compliance; and Interim Safety Management Certificate
required by the International Safety Management Code;
.2 Continuous Synopsis Record required by SOLAS chapter XI-1,
regulation 5; and
(Interim) Ship Security Certificate, required by SOLAS chapter XI-1, Part A,
appendices 1 and 2.