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PH seeks reelection to IMO Council

  • The Philippines through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) aims for reelection to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under Category C for the biennium 2022 to 2023
  • MARINA said the country’s reelection “will continually advance the mission of the IMO in ensuring safety of life and property at sea, sustainable shipping, and environmentally sound maritime industry”
  • The country has been an active council member under Category C since 1997
  • The election for members of the IMO Council will be held during the IMO Assembly 32nd session on December 6-15, 2021

The Philippines through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is aiming for reelection to the council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The country’s reelection to the IMO Council under Category C for the biennium 2022 to 2023 “will continually advance the mission of the IMO in ensuring safety of life and property at sea, sustainable shipping, and environmentally sound maritime industry,” MARINA said in a statement.

The IMO Council is the executive organ of the IMO responsible for supervising the work of the organization.

The country since 1997 has been an active council member under Category C, whose members are states with special interest in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the council will ensure that major geographic areas of the world are all represented.

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MARINA said membership to the IMO Council provides the privilege to contribute to the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the international organization, and grants voting rights to the Council.

The IMO Council is also a venue to promote Filipino seafarers, Philippine ship registry, shipbuilding and ship repair, and other maritime industries in the global maritime world “paving the way to more opportunities for Filipinos and the industry.”

Moreover, it allows participation in the advancement of safer ships, welfare of seafarers, and protection of the marine environment.

“Our membership to the IMO paved the way to opportunities that enhanced our knowledge and skills in promoting our ship registry, the welfare of our maritime professionals, and the sustainability of our marine environment and maritime transport,” MARINA administrator Robert Empedrad said during the launching of the country’s candidature for reelection on October 5.

“By virtue of our re-election to the IMO Council, we are afforded with a continued opportunity to strongly participate in policy-making processes affecting our maritime interest,” he added.

For his part, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade underscored the country’s commitment to advancing the IMO mission to have a safe, sustainable, and environmentally sound maritime transport and industry despite the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We remain committed to improving the safety and security at sea by promoting a green maritime environment, innovative ways to adapt to the ‘new normal’ through digitalization and upholding the rights and welfare of our Filipino seafarers,” Tugade said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. likewise conveyed the Philippines’ intention to maintain its steadfast partnership with IMO in all of the country’s endeavors to make a safe, secure, well-paid, gender and environment-friendly shipping industry. The Philippine shipping industry began when the country became a member of the IMO in 1964.

The election for members of the IMO Council will be held during the IMO Assembly 32nd session on December 6-15, 2021. According to the IMO, as of August it has received 27 candidatures for Category C, 10 for Category A (states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services), and 11 for Category B (states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade).

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