FAO Fisheries Department
At its 30th session that was held in June 2012 the FAO Committee on Fisheries recognized the necessity of a global Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI), as a key component of the Global Record to identify and track vessels and suggested the UVI, as a first step, be applied to vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above.
An independent study commissioned by FAO concluded that the IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme
was the most suitable on the base of efficiency, compatibility and technical considerations for the first phase of the Global Record for vessels of the above-mentioned size category. At its 92nd session that was held in June 2013 the IMO Maritime Safety Committee approved a proposal that was cosponsored by FAO to remove the exemption of fishing vessels from the IMO Numbering Scheme. Then on 4 December 2013, the 28th regular session of the IMO Assembly, which is the highest governing body of IMO, adopted a new Assembly resolution, A.1078(28) on IMO Ship identification Number Scheme that, in addition to merchant ships, also applies to fishing vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above. Consequently, the preconditions of using the IMO Number as the UVI for vessels, for which Phase 1 of the Global Record applies, have now been met.