Singapore elected to maritime council for 14th time

  • Singapore
  • Sunday, 01 Dec 2019

SINGAPORE: The Republic has been re-elected to the council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for a 14th consecutive two-year term.

As a major port state of a vital shipping lane, Singapore brings balanced perspectives to challenges that the shipping industry faces, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a statement on Friday before the election.

The election was held in London on Friday. Khaw led a delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

In a statement by the MOT yesterday, Khaw said that Singapore is honoured to be re-elected to the IMO Council and grateful for the support of its fellow IMO member states.

“We will continue to contribute actively towards the IMO’s goals,” said Khaw.

Singapore was first elected to the IMO Council in 1993 and has since been re-elected to the council by the IMO assembly which is held every two years. The council is made up of 40 member states.

Singapore’s maritime industry, including the marine and offshore engineering sector, employs more than 170,000 people and contributes 7% to Singapore’s economy.

The IMO, the shipping agency of the United Nations, was established in 1948 to facilitate cooperation among governments on technical matters affecting international shipping, such as maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships.

The IMO also deals with international shipping and maritime traffic.

In a candidature statement on Friday, Khaw said that Singapore hopes to contribute to the IMO in three main areas – technical cooperation and capacity building, maritime safety and sustainable shipping.

Khaw highlighted the disruptions brought about by digitalisation and decarbonisation in a separate, general statement at the assembly. — The Straits Times/ANN

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