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Bahamas Re-Elected to the Council of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) under Category "C"

On 27 November 2009 the Commonwealth of The Bahamas was re-elected to the Council of the United Nations International Maritime Organization under Category "C" during the 26th Session of the General Assembly of the IMO in London. The Bahamas currently maintains the world's third largest ship registry, behind Panama and Liberia respectively, with a gross tonnage of 52.8 million as of 30 September 2009.

H.E. Paul Farquharson, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the IMO was “…thrilled with the outcome of the result of the election. This campaign was initiated in March 2009 and was only successful through a team approach supported by the staff of the High Commission, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Bahamas Tourist Office and the respective Ministries in Nassau. This approach led to The Bahamas receiving a record number of votes at today’s election, more than The Bahamas has ever received at an election to the Council, showing the confidence that the international community places in The Bahamas and its maritime industry.”

Mr. Ian Fair, Chairman of The Bahamas Maritime Authority, said that he was pleased with the “…involvement of the youth in The Bahamas’ campaign and encouraged other young Bahamians to become involved in maritime affairs as it increasingly becomes an important factor in The Bahamian economy.”

The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment, delivered The Bahamas’ address to the Assembly on 24 November 2009 outlining The Bahamas commitment to “…the value that it places on its membership in the IMO and confirming the commitment that The Bahamas will continue to work constructively with all members of this Organization in pursuit of the goals of the Assembly, particularly with respect to combating the scourge of piracy, climate change and the serious implications for island nations and global shipping.”

Please visit the maritime section of the website for more information on The Bahamas' involvement in the IMO.