South Africa seeks re-election to council of global shipping regulator

28th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

South Africa seeks re-election to council of global shipping regulator

The Department of Transport (DoT) has announced that it has launched a campaign to get South Africa re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), for the period 2023 to 2024. The IMO is the specialised United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping and setting global standards, including for safety, security and environmental compliance, for the sector.  

In its campaign, the DoT is supported by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and by key national maritime sector agencies. These latter are the South African Maritime Safety Authority, Transnet National Ports Authority and the Ports Regulator of South Africa.

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

South Africa operates a search and rescue centre, possesses maritime information and communication systems, and, whenever required can provide an emergency towing vessel. These capabilities allow the country to react rapidly and effectively to maritime emergencies. They also ensure the safety of shipping, not only along the South African coast, but also in the Southern African region.

“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,” said the DoT. “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 organisation, fostering international cooperation and promoting best practices in the industry.”