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Maritime Standards and Governing Organizations

International Maritime Organization - United Nations (IMO)
This website has a wealth of information, but you must first register and create a free log in.  Included in this website are IMO Documents, the Global Integrated Shipping Information System, news and much more.

  • Marine Safety: Includes links to many standards and regulations
  • Maritime Security: Guidelines for maritime security and threat mitigation
  • Marine Environment: Addresses topics like pollution prevention, pollution response, ballast water management, etc.
  • Legal Affairs: regulations covering liability and compensation for damage, such as pollution, caused by ships.
  • Facilitation: Information relating to IMO's work at the ship-port interface, including standardization of procedures as well as security issues.
  • Women in Maritime: Information about programs and associations championing gender equity

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

Admiralty and Maritime Law Guide: includes over 1,500 annotated links to admiralty law resources on the Internet and a growing database of admiralty case digests, opinions and international maritime conventions.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Commission: A wholly owned government corporation created to construct, operate, and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States. 

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Code of Federal Regulations