IMO shuts headquarters over coronavirus

IMO shuts headquarters over coronavirus


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has closed its headquarters in London and postponed a session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) due to the rampaging coronavirus disease otherwise called covid-19.

The IMO said the moves followed an assessment on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), which said the virus can be characterized as a pandemic. It added that IMO staff were working from home where possible.

The key MEPC committee was meant to have convened on March 30 to April 3 to discuss measures to cut carbon emissions from ships.

The IMO has already postponed other meetings in March due to the virus.

Global shipping accounts for 2.2% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and the industry is under pressure to reduce those and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea.

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