Monthly eNewsletter from the IADC

IADC Participates in 108th Session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee Meeting

From 15-24 May 2024, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 108th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). Key topics discussed included: 

  1. Developing regulations for Maritime Autonomous Ships (MASS)
  2. Continuing work on greenhouse gas (GHG) roadmap strategies 
  3. Addressing cybersecurity concerns and updating the IMO’s cybersecurity guidelines

At this session, IADC continued to monitor developments on the MASS and GHG fronts and participated in completing revisions to the IMO’s Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management (MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3/Rev.3). The updated guidelines provide clearer definitions, more technical resources, and refined recommendations for cybersecurity management plans. These guideline revisions still need approval from the IMO’s Facilitation Committee in 2025 before becoming effective.

IADC’s History with IMO

Since 1975, IADC has retained its observer delegate status at IMO. One of two upstream oil and gas association having such access, IADC is prominently recognized and frequently referenced by the global maritime community for its specialization and proficiency on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) concerns. IMO member countries regularly consult with IADC on safety and environmental matters unique to MODUs.