The Maritime Authority of Jamaica says its re-election to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Council will benefit the country’s plans to develop as a shipping centre.
Jamaica was re-elected to category C of the IMO Council for the next biennium 2009-2011. The elections were held at the 26th IMO Assembly, which took place on November 27 at the IMO’s headquarters in London.
This is Jamaica’s second consecutive successful bid for a seat on the highest decision-making body of the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for maritime safety, security and the protection of the marine environment.
Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, who headed the Jamaican delegation to the elections, said: “This was a significant victory for Jamaica. This achievement once again shows that Jamaica has a credible ranking in the maritime world and will again serve to raise our profile at a time when the Government is looking at establishing Jamaica as a shipping centre for the provision of a number of new services to build on the success of Kingston Container Terminals, cruise tourism, the Caribbean Maritime Institute, the Jamaica Ship Registry, bunkering and logistics services, to name but a few.”
As a flag, port and coastal state, Jamaica’s responsibilities span the national, regional and international dimensions. “Jamaica now has an obligation to represent not only local interests, but also those of the region and other developing countries as well,” explained the Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady, who was among the delegation. “Category C represents those States that have special interests in maritime activities and whose election to the Council ensures the representation of all major geographic areas of the world,” he added.
Jamaica’s successful bid was made possible through the work of a team which had the benefit of joint Government and private sector support from the shipping industry, including the Shipping Association of Jamaica, Jamaica Producers Limited, Port Side Towing Limited and Lannaman and Morris.