International Maritime Organization

The International Maritime Organization, headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for maritime transport. The IMO was established in principle following agreement at a UN conference held in Geneva in 1948, and the IMO came into existence ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. The IMO’s primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping, and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical cooperation, maritime security, and the efficiency of shipping.

This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: The Rise of Megaships (Click to show summary)

Ever since the origin of marine transport, vessels have steadily grown in size. Today, the maritime industry is faced with so-called “megaships”—massive vessels, up to 400 metres long, which present unique challenges to existing infrastructure. Although certainly with benefits, they are far from perfect. Their mammoth nature makes navigating ports difficult, and poses numerous safety issues, among other concerns. Through debate and discussion, the International Maritime Organization must decide whether the benefits of megaships truly outweigh the costs, and devise a solution to best resolves the issue.

Topic B: Flags of Convenience (Click to show summary)

Fiona Reuter | Director

Fiona is a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School, and is currently in her fifth and final year of Model UN. After attending her first conference in Grade 8, she was instantly captivated by the world of MUN, and has since developed a passion for international relations and public speaking. In her free time, Fiona enjoys spending time with her friends, golfing, and watching Netflix. She is honoured to be serving as the Director of the International Maritime Organization, and hopes to help make the experience enjoyable for all of the delegates!

Jason Fan | Chair

Jason is currently a senior attending Gleneagle Secondary School. After starting Model UN at grade 9, Jason was instantly captivated by this world of political debate. Outside of Model UN, Jason can be found taking landscape photos, shredding the slopes of the Blackcomb Mountain, and avidly trying to relate everything to politics. Living by the motto “follow the motion of the ocean,” Jason adapts to the change around him and lives life like there is no tomorrow. Jason is thrilled to meet all of you, and can’t wait for VMUN 2019!

Kelsi Lee | Assistant Director

Kelsi is a grade 12 student at Crofton House School, and has been involved with Model United Nations since ninth grade. After attending her first conference, she has fallen in love with the diplomatic conversations and insightful weekends that Model UN has to offer. This year, she is extremely thrilled to be staffing at VMUN, where her passion first developed. Aside from serving as the Assistant Director for IMO, she can be found studying, napping, or trying to make new friends by showing them pictures of her dog. Additionally, she is an executive member and ambassador of two youth run organizations, and has won awards as a competitive dancer. Kelsi wishes all the best for the delegates attending VMUN 2019.

You can contact the Director at with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.