The International Maritime Organization (IMO) plays a key role in the development and promotion of international standards for shipping ensuring their effective implementation through the member states. The ability to measure the performance of IMO member states in terms of implementation and enforcement of international legislation in maritime safety is critical. Here we discuss the benefits of the IMO Audit Scheme towards capacity-building and review the performance of flag states. An analysis and assessment of recent audit summary results is presented, demonstrating the contribution of the Audit Scheme towards better performance of member states. Finally, we will discuss areas for research, where additional actions/interventions could lead to future improvements in safeguarding global maritime safety.

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