Titanic disaster at sea ushers in International Maritime Organization

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Koji Sekimizu

The Titanic disaster of 1912 spawned the first International Safety of Life at Sea Convention, paving the way for the UN's International Maritime Organization which governs safety.

One hundred years ago on 14 April, the Titanic struck an iceberg, while on her maiden voyage between Europe and the United States. Within a few hours, more than 1,500 people had perished in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic.

In a video message posted on the IMO website, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said over the last 100 years there have been tremendous improvements in the safety.

"But new generations of vessels bring fresh challenges and, even today, accidents still occur, reinforcing the need for continual improvement. Our efforts to promote maritime safety and, in particular, to avoid such disasters befalling passenger ships as Titanic, will never end."

Duration: 22″

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