Jamaica’s Special Envoy to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, is calling for the implementation of internationally accepted regulations, to effectively promote maritime safety, security, improved working conditions on board vessels, and pollution prevention by ships.
According to Rear Admiral Brady, who is also the head of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), priority must be given to improving the prevention of marine pollution consistent with the sustainable development goals, set out under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Rear Admiral Brady says as Jamaica launches its candidacy to the Council of the IMO (Category C), it is important that to highlight the need for a collaborative approach to these global issues.
He says ever since Jamaica became an IMO member over 40 years ago, it has supported a vast number of initiatives to improve maritime safety and security, working conditions for seafarers onboard ships and to establish a sustainable environmental policy. Jamaica’s 2018-19 candidature to the IMO Council (Category C) was launched in February by Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Minister of Transport and Mining The Honourable Lester ‘Mike’ Henry, who praised the bid as a strategic move.
The IMO Council elections will take place during the 30th Regular Session of the IMO Assembly in London from November 27 to December 8, 2017.