JOHANNESBURG - SA Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has re-emphasised South Africa’s commitment to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - a UN specialised agency, whose chief objective is to set international standards for safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.
Minister Mbalula made his remarks when he delivered his general statement on Monday during the first day of the 122nd session of the IMO Council, which is taking place at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.
Mbalula said South Africa will continue to uphold the values of the IMO.
“South Africa will continue in advancing the objectives and the imperatives of the IMO by ensuring that ships, cargo and crew on board are safe and secure and that the environment is protected against pollution from ships,” said the minister.
South Africa also deposited an instrument of accession to the Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) Protocol of 2010.