Emirates news agency – UAE wins Category B membership in IMO Council for third consecutive time

DUBAI, December 10, 2021 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in Category B for the third time, following considerable effort and an intensive electoral campaign leading up to the elections.

Through its flagship initiatives, the country continues to play an active role in strengthening the national maritime sector, while contributing to the growth of the global maritime and logistics industry.

The election results were announced earlier today during the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly in London, which will end on December 15, 2021.

Upon re-election, the UAE received international praise for its pivotal role in developing strategies, policies and agreements that improve maritime safety standards, protect the marine environment and enhance the efficiency of global industry.

Expressing his joy on the occasion, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “The UAE reaffirmed its leadership status as a vital maritime center in the world with this achievement. Our re-election to the Council of the For the third time in a row, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has strengthened its active role in the development of the sector and the improvement of maritime safety standards, as well as in the protection of the marine environment. worldwide. Through our efforts, we have been ranked among the most influential countries in the development of the maritime industry.

Al Mazrouei added, “It is encouraging to see our efforts recognized internationally. Even after our election in 2017, we made huge strides in the sector at the local level, focusing on meeting regional and global maritime needs in terms of providing the best infrastructure. and first class services. Our skills have helped us achieve the status of a key global maritime hub, and today our efforts have come to fruition. The sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP is AED 90 billion per year. Our ports handled over 15 million TEUs in 2020, and there were over 25,000 calls in the UAE in the same year. The UAE’s national fleet capacity is 21 million DWT. Our national fleet in 2020 consisted of 970 vessels. The re-election further encouraged us to continue our work with member states to advance the global maritime sector by ensuring safe, secure and efficient shipping. ”

The UAE has been at the forefront of several indicators of global competitiveness in the maritime sector. The country was ranked 3rd in transport services trade and bunker supply index. It ranked fifth as a key competitive maritime hub and 13th globally in the Port Performance and Efficiency Index. The country’s ports rank among the top 10 internationally for container handling volume. There are over 27,000 shipping lines in the UAE and the country’s ports rank among the top in the world.

Hassan Mohamed Juma Al-Mansoori, Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Transport Sector at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “The UAE is, without a doubt, a leader in the world. maritime transport and have contributed enormously to the growth of world trade. and maritime transport, while making a major contribution to the industry by taking pioneering measures to protect and safeguard their interests. We have the best infrastructure and technologies in the world deployed in our ports. Our strategic location has contributed to its position as a leading hub for maritime commerce in the Persian Gulf states, East Africa and the Indian subcontinent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all ports in the UAE were kept open to facilitate maritime commerce and keep supply chains functioning. It is truly an honor to be re-elected to the Board because of the hard work we and our industrial partners across the country have put in. ”

The United Arab Emirates have contributed to the maritime sector in many ways. It was one of the first IMO member states to designate seafarers as key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and supported them by facilitating crew changes, administering vaccines and giving them access to medical care.

Apart from this, as part of its continued efforts to support the sector, the country has also established the United Arab Emirates Unified National Single Window Framework and its National Committee which integrates the maritime, air, land transport sectors. and rail. This further improved commerce through a single digital gateway, allowing the country to operate ports in 50 countries.

He also defends the rights of women in the maritime sector. In this regard, the country currently chairs the Arab Women in the Maritime Association (AWIMA), which works with the IMO’s Technical Cooperation Program (ITCP) to help women in the maritime sector achieve the fifth development goal. sustainable development of gender equality. He is also one of the founding members of IMOGENder, a network of IMO delegates working for gender equality.

Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to Minister of Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “It is a proud moment for us to be elected alongside other countries that have done a great job for the sector. With this victory, the United Arab Emirates demonstrated their active role in strengthening the maritime sector through a series of initiatives, as a result of which we received international recognition. We have been at the forefront of involving women in the industry. We also contributed to the drafting of resolution A.1147 (31) of the IMO Assembly “Preserving the legacy of the global maritime theme for 2019 and achieving a barrier-free working environment for women in the maritime sector Which was adopted at the thirty-first session of the IMO Assembly in 2019. All of this has resulted in another important achievement for us. ”

A bright future The United Arab Emirates actively contributes to the activities of IMO through their positive and effective engagement and participation in all the work of the Assembly, Council, major technical committees, sub-committees and related working groups.

Mohammed Khamis Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to IMO, said: “Through its membership in IMO, the United Arab Emirates will continue to contribute to the development of the global maritime sector. In cooperation with IMO Member States, the United Arab Emirates participated in a proposal to develop the best approach to the Regulatory Scoping Exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) within the framework of the Maritime Safety Committee and the legal committee. composed of 52 members instead of 40 members, in addition to the proposal to increase the term of the Board to 4 years. The United Arab Emirates also contributed to the work of the Legal Committee by submitting a decision to develop new measures to prevent illegal associated with fraudulent registration and fraudulent registration of vessels. It also contributed to the work of the Technical Cooperation Commission by preparing a draft decision on financing and partnership modalities for an integrated program of efficient and sustainable technical cooperation. Our re-election has strengthened our confidence and will therefore encourage us to consolidate our efforts to accelerate the growth of the sector. ”

As a member of the Council, the United Arab Emirates has contributed to IMO’s efforts to establish the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, since its establishment in 1983, through its active participation in the Board of Governors and the Committee. Executive, between 1983 and 1991. In addition to this, the UAE has also participated in national and international forums aimed at imparting and exchanging experiences in maritime education and training.