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Marja C. Tiemens Idzinga: Who rules the seas? – A lecture on the International Maritime Organization
30-10-2017 at 20:00 - 22:00
The majority of the earth’s surface – more than 70 percent – is covered by water. These waters are continuously being navigated by all kinds of vessels with various purposes: from American warships to Chinese trade ships, from Spanish cruise ships to Norwegian oil tankers. But who or what decides what’s happening on this part of our planet? How do different countries regulate what’s going on across the oceans? One of the most important international organisations in this area is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1948. What does this little-known organisation actually do? What kinds of mandates and powers does it have?
This leture will be delivered by Marja C. Tiemens-Idzinga, one of the Netherlands’ foremost experts on the IMO. She was the first female student of the Dutch Nautical College and went on to become the best student of her year. After her graduation, Tiemens-Idzinga worked as a mate on the Dutch merchant navy, and later as a nautical surveyor and as IMO coordinator for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Her work mainly concerned MARPOL 73/78: the international convention to prevent the pollution of the seas. She currently spends most of her time on her own independent consultancy, MCTI, which aims to spread knowledge about maritime policy matters.