Now-a-day’s sustainability has become a critical factor in managing goods and services. For international shipping, sustainability is also a long term but a slow process. Holistic efforts are needed in the perspective of a ship instead to take fragmented efforts to achieve sustainable operation shipping. However, shipping is port-to-port service which makes the key issue in strategic planning. But communities around the world are now more concerned about climate change and sustainable development in following the sustainable development goals in the United Nations agenda 2030. Shipping became popular as a result of oil transport during the 20th century which led large oil discharge into the sea as the effects became visible by the time and need of safer and less destructive shipping was aimed. This led to the formation of the International Maritime Organization for more reliable navigation and to prevent accidental oil spilling in the sea. International Maritime Organization (IMO) that deals with international shipping integrated its efforts with sustainable development goals (SDG) for strategic goals of the organization of 2018-2023. It was agreed that by January 2020, all the ship-owners would comply with IMO global sulphur reduction strategy, fuel containing 0.5% of sulphur content while in emission control areas the fuel with 0.1% of sulphur content. IMOs strategic efforts have been regulated goal-based since the 2000s and comprehensive plans have been made. Though current shipping practices are also facing challenges to achieve sustainable development goals.