The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, is pleased to announce that today on 11 November 2019, Hungary has accepted the 2008 amendments to the IMSO Convention. In a short presentation His Excellency Mr. Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Ambassador of Hungary to the United Kingdom deposited the Instrument of Acceptance to the IMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim. As it’s Depositary, IMO is the recipient of any instruments relating to the IMSO Convention, including Instruments of Acceptance of the 2008 amendments.
These amendments were adopted on 2 October 2008 by the IMSO Assembly at its twentieth session held in Malta. They shall formally enter into force 120 days after receipt of Instrument of Acceptance from two-thirds of the States which were IMSO Parties at the time of adoption. However, at the time of adoption, the IMSO Assembly as an interim measure decided that these amendments should be applied provisionally from 6 October 2008, pending their formal entry into force in accordance with Article 18 of the IMSO Convention.
The Director General today reiterated his request to Member States who have not yet done so, to expedite the process of accepting the amendments, so as to ensure their formal entry into force. IMSO is carrying on with an active outreach programme to this end.