The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargo and Containers (CCC) has a new chair. MaryAnne Adams, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has been elected to head the CCC Sub-Committee effective September 2019. This is the first time that the RMI has held a chair position on one of the seven IMO Sub-Committees. Ms. Adams will be supported by David Anderson of Australia who will serve as Vice-Chair and she succeeds Hui Xei of the People’s Republic of China.
“I’m delighted and honored to take up this role and am particularly proud to be doing so at a time when the IMO is promoting the empowerment of women across the maritime community,” said MaryAnne Adams, a Master Mariner with 14 years at sea as well as six years with International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Maritime and Corporate Registries.
“It is the Chair’s responsibility to get consensus from the floor and liaise with the Member States and the IMO secretariat,” explains MaryAnne Adams.
The CCC Sub-Committee plays an important role at the IMO, with respect to the carriage of packaged dangerous goods, solid bulk cargoes, bulk gas cargoes, and containers. The Sub-Committee maintains the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. It also reviews other codes including the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code). Given the growth in use of low-flashpoint fuels such as gas to meet clean air legislation, the Sub-Committee’s work on the IGF Code is very high on its agenda as it is tasked with keeping the this code up-to-date.
The RMI’s permanent delegation to the IMO is headed by Captain David Bruce and includes MaryAnne Adams and Charles McHardy.
“The RMI is “renowned for bringing its operational eye to the IMO; we often ask ‘will this work?’ and will always contribute to the technical debate,” concluded Ms. Adams.
The CCC Sub-Committee is next scheduled to meet 9-13 September 2019.