The CMI and the Italian MLA were delighted with the turnout for the 2017 CMI Assembly and CMI/AIDIM Seminar in Genoa held in the second week of September 2017.   We had 222 delegates.  Both events took place in stunning historical buildings on the Piazza de Ferrari , a short walk up the Via XX Settembre to the Hotel Bristol Palace.  This elegant hotel was the venue for meetings of the CMI Executive Council and of the CMI Working Groups and International Subcommittees which took place on 7 September, the day before the Assembly.

Documentation for the event can be accessed by clicking on ‘Documentation’ above.  We have also uploaded a selection of photographs which give a clear indication that CMI events are not to be missed!  

The 2018 Assembly will be held in London to coincide with the annual Donald O’May Lecture.


Welcome reception for all delegates and their accompanying persons, from 19h30 at the Genoa Aquarium.

friday, 8 september

On Friday 8 September, before the afternoon Assembly, there will be a half day Seminar at The Sala del Minor Consiglio of the Doge’s Palace (a short walk from the hotel) hosted by the CMI with the Italian MLA, at which distinguished speakers will deal with topical issues of maritime law which are likely to include:

·       Bunker litigation update

·       Off Shore activities update

·       Refugee Migration at Sea update

·       Ship Financing update

A networking lunch will be served for all delegates at the Doge’s Palaceafter which the CMI Assembly will convene a short walk away in the magnificent Old Stock Exchange Building.

Concurrently with the Assembly, and staying at the Doge’s Palace, there will be a further seminar organised and presented jointly by the CMI and AIDIM Young Persons Committees.  The theme of the seminar is likely to include a discussion of legal implications of the Ballast Water Convention (that is due to enter force that very day).

Because running this seminar concurrently with the Assembly is unavoidable, there will be an audio visual recording of the yCMI/yAIDIM seminar.

Click above to download Version 21

Click above to download Version 8

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An exciting social programme is being arranged with a reception on the evening of Thursday 7 September at the Acquario in Genoa, located in the old harbour area.  It is one of the largest acquaria in Europe.  A closing dinner will be held on Friday 8 September at Villa Lo Zerbino, a 17th C stately home in the centre of Genoa, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Suggested Dress


EXCO/ISC/IWG-Meetings – Smart Casual

Welcome reception at the Aquarium – Jacket and Tie for gentlemen / Smart Casual for ladies



Assembly, Morning and afternoon seminars - Jacket and Tie for gentlemen / Business Casual for ladies

Gala Dinner – Business Attire for gentlemen/ Elegant Smart for ladies (traditional national dress encouraged for both ladies & gentlemen)


host city - genoa

Genoa offers many and various attractions to explore and enjoy.  Tours will be organised for accompanying persons, and a post Assembly tour calendar will also be proposed.  Genoa is situated in a beautiful part of Italy, and arranging the CMI events over the Thursday and Friday allows visitors from abroad at least the weekend free.  But why not stay for longer?  Portofino is just around the corner, and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and Florence not far away.

Of Genoa, the New York Times in April 2017 wrote Genoa isn't Venice or Rome or Florence - that's part of its charm.  Read the article here - and pack your bags for September!

Next Steps

Registration is currently open.  Please register online by clicking on the REGISTER button.  Rates for delegates and Accompanying Persons are given on the PRICING page.

Tour options may be booked through Laura Baldi of our conference organisers, STUDIO BC srl.


This event site at will be regularly updated with more details of the programme and adding content for the seminar and the Assembly.  Please direct any enquiries to the CMI secretariat at or


The last CMI Assembly in Genoa was held in 1925, presided over by Prof Francesco Berlingieri Snr.  


Read the proceedings:

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