Tuesday, December 1, 2009

IMO Announces Shipping Industry Seafreight Representatives

International Maritime Organization Election Results for 26th Assembly
Shipping News Feature

LONDON – The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has announced representatives appointed to its Council for the period 2010 – 2011. The Council forms the executive component of the IMO and supervises the organizations activities. Between sessions of the Assembly the Council is responsible for all IMO functions, except when it comes to making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution matters. The current Assembly closes on the 4th December and has seen South Africa successfully bid to join with category C membership and Indonesia retaining their place, despite a string of serious marine accidents in recent times.

The results in full can be seen here. The selection bears several commitments that governments have to adhere to. Security assurances, which are currently a prime cause of concern due to the rising wave of pirate attacks, improved sea transport safety, and the ratification of around 19 conventions which include the Search and Rescue Convention, the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention, the Bunker Convention, the Anti Fouling System Convention, the Ballast Water Management Convention, the Wreck Removal Convention, and MARPOL Annex III – VI.

With the Copenhagen Convention approaching rapidly, and shipping of all types increasingly under the spotlight, all eyes will be on the IMO to ensure that the 169 member states whose activities it monitors push through measures to defeat pollution in the eyes of the international community.

Besides electing the Council the Assembly is the IMO’s governing body and meets biannually for the 169 members plus 3 associate members to attend and be given the opportunity to discuss with inter governmental bodies, with whom agreements have been made and to discuss with non governmental groups with whom the IMO consult. It is then that the IMO budget and financial situation is agreed and a work programme agreed.