Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz, with support from other Coast Guard members and the U.S. Department of State, led the U.S. delegation at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 31st Assembly that began November 25 and continues through December 4 in London. The IMO is the United Nations’ specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
The Assembly recently elected the members of the IMO Council for 2020-2021. The Council is the executive organ of the IMO and is composed of 40 member states that serve two-year terms beginning after the regular session of the Assembly. The United States was re-elected under Category A.
The complete results of the Council elections are shown below:
- Category (A): Ten states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:
- China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.
- Category (B): Ten states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:
- Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, United Arab Emirates.
- Category (C): Twenty states not elected under (A) or (B) above, that have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:
- Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.
The Assembly will next meet at IMO Headquarters in London in 2021. Visit the IMO’s website for more information about this meeting in particular or the IMO in general.
This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.