29-11-2011 -The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has re-elected South Africa to be a member of its Council for the 2012-2013 biennium. The...
-The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has re-elected South Africa to be a member of its Council for the 2012-2013 biennium.

The Council is the executive organ of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and is responsible for supervising the work of the Organization.

Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

South Africa has been a member of the IMO since the formation of the organization and has served on the IMO Council since its reinstatement  to the United Nations.

South Africa joins 40 states out of 170 Member states with special interests in shipping, maritime transport and navigation services in the council. The republic is one of the four African States that are represented in the council. Nigeria, which has been a member of the council, lost its seat with one vote.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority under the leadership of the Department of Transport represents the South African Government at the IMO.


The 27th session of the IMO Assembly is being held at IMO Headquarters, London, from 21 to 30 November 2011. The Assembly is IMO’s highest governing body. All 170 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend, as are the intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co operation have been concluded, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting on the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organisation. It also elects the Council.

IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

SAMSA-The SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY (SAMSA),  accountable to the Minister of Transport  was established on 1 April 1998 in terms of the South African Maritime Safety Authority Act 5 of 1998.

SAMSA is governed by a Board made up of the CEO and six non-executive members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair, as appointed by the Minister. The organisation’s objective is to lead and champion South Africa’s maritime interests as custodians and stewards of maritime policy, vigorous promoters of the maritime sector and giving full and complete effect to their obligations for the benefit of all stakeholders.

For more information and interviews please contact

Tebogo Ramatjie, SAMSA media liaison

082 646 6044

Khanyisile Nkosi, Global Interface Consulting

084 777 0022

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