SA campaigns for re-election into IMO council

South Africa – Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Department of Transport (DoT) is leading an ambitious campaign for the re-election of South Africa into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council for the 2023-2024 biennium .

“South Africa continues to actively contribute to the IMO’s efforts to promote sustainable shipping practices that safeguard our oceans and reduce the environmental impact of the maritime industry,” the department said on Monday .

Key maritime stakeholders, including the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), support the campaign .

“South Africa is a champion of maritime safety with its proven track record of managing and maintaining a robust system of Aids to Navigation, including lighthouses and a fully-fledged Marine Hydrographic Service .

“These efforts ensure the safety of shipping along our coastline and support the entire Southern African Region .

With assets like the Search and Rescue Centre, Emergency Towing Vessel and Information and Communication Systems, South Africa is committed to swift and effective emergency response in the maritime domain,” the department said .

The IMO is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping .

It sets global standards for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping .

The organisation plays a pivotal role in shaping global standards for safe, secure, environmentally responsible, efficient and sustainable shipping .

“South Africa, with its rich maritime heritage, is committed to these ideals and believes that its continued presence in the IMO Council is essential to furthering the organisation’s goals .

“South Africa’s leadership in the IMO Council is not only a testament to its commitment to maritime excellence but also an opportunity to shape the future of global shipping .

As a responsible member of the IMO, South Africa has consistently participated in various structures and activities of the organization, fostering international cooperation and promoting best practices in the industry,” the department said .

– SAnews .

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