The International Maritime Organization, also known as the IMO The Organization maritime internationale (IMO) is a specialized United Nations agency that is in charge of regulating shipping.The IMO was established following agreement at a UN conference in Geneva in 1948.The IMO came into existence ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. The IMO currently has 175 Member States and three Associate Members.. Its remit today includes maritime safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security, and the efficiency An assembly of members oversees IMO and meets every two years. A council of 40 elected members oversees the organization and finances of the organization. The work of the IMO is carried out by five committees, each of which is supported by technical subcommittees.Other UN organizations are able to observe the IMO's activities. Non-governmental organizations that meet the requirements are granted observer status.
A permanent secretariat of employees who are representative of the members of the organization provides IMO with support. A Secretary-General who is elected by the assembly on a regular basis heads the secretariat, which also includes divisions for marine safety, environmental protection, and a conference section.