Conventions, laws and regulations governing marine safety
Regulations at the international and national levels:
The very nature of shipping, which is central to global trade, requires regulation at the international level. International maritime regulations are developed within specialized United Nations agencies, such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
International Maritime Organization member states, such as Canada, incorporate the conventions into their national legislation. Here, this responsibility is shared by Transport Canada, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.