The International Maritime Organisation adopts standards aimed at increasing protection to seafarers in their working lives.

The IMO’s principal aim is the promotion of safety at sea. The three important international maritime treaties are the SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL.

Integral to the IMO’s mandate is recognition of the so-called “human element” and all of the IMO’s sub-committees are charged with addressing human element factors when deliberating new and existing regulations and providing guidance.

However, IMO Conventions are different from ILO and human right treaties, in that they do not intend to create rights for individuals that can be asserted against the state in domestic courts or before another international body.


IMO Fair Treatment Knowledge Centre

Information Resource on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers