The Republic of Nauru, the world’s smallest nation with a population of just under 10,000, has joined the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as its 174th member.

Nauru is also the smallest country with a yacht registry, which is managed by the Nauru Maritime Administration out of Sweden. Attempts by IBI to ascertain how large the register is have not been successful so far.

Formerly known as Pleasant Island, Nauru has an area of just 21sq km. The developing island country is situated northeast of Australia, some 42km south of the equator. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300km to the east.

The IMO has also announced that Monaco has acceded to the IMO treaty covering emissions from ship exhausts and energy efficiency (MARPOL Annex VI). The instrument limits the main air pollutants contained in a ship’s exhaust gas, including sulfur oxides and nitrous oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances.

It also includes energy-efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.