Organisations and Associations
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
The United Nations special agency responsible for the improvement of maritime safety and prevention of pollution from ships.
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
The IACS site has links to all members (ABS, LR etc) plus features including its White List of vessels compliant with the International Safety Management Code.
International Commission on Shipping
An independent commission set up to enquire into and report on means of combating sub-standard shipping.
International Underwriting Association
Casualty statistics including bulk and combined carriers.
Dry Bulk Trade
International Iron and Steel Institute
World steel production statistics regularly updated plus world steel industry news.
Information and statistics on the global steel industry from the information arm of the UK steel industry.
International Monetary Fund
World Economic Outlook updated quarterly plus specific topics and country and regional studies.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
The UNCTAD site with links to all UNCTAD units plus world trade and development bodies such as The World Bank and The World Trade Organisation.
Shipping and Transport
Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS)
One of the world’s largest shipbrokers with activities in many maritime sectors. Look for the weekly Dry Bulk Newsletter (shipping and freight rate trends, fleet statistics etc). Many other features including Annual Review of Shipping and Shipbuilding.
EQUASIS – maritime safety information system
The unique, searchable database of safety related information on the world’s merchant fleet established under the auspices of the European Commission and the Paris MoU. Ship casualty and detention statistics may be accessed free of charge (for the present) although users are required to complete a registration form.
Canadian government organisation responsible for maritime safety. Note bulk carrier inspection programme.
United States Coastguard
USCG site for details on Port State control regime.
United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency
UK agency for maritime policy, bulk carrier design and suitability issues as well as marine environment / cargo residues issues.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Includes Port State Control and detention statistics.
The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control. Includes detention statistics.
The PSC MoU for Asia Pacific
Vina del Mar MoU
The MoU on Port State control for Latin America