Minister of Transport and Aviation pays a Courtesy Call on the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
The Minister and the Secretary General shared views on pressing issues facing the IMO, including management reform, piracy, greenhouse gas emissions from ships and ballast water management.
She also announced to the Secretary General that the Government of The Bahamas would be seeking re-election to the Council of the IMO under Category 'C' at elections to take place during the Twenty-eighth Regular Session of the IMO Assembly in November 2013 in London. The Bahamas has served on the IMO Council from 1991 to 1995, and from 1999 to date.
The Bahamas has the world's fourth largest shipping registry, with over 1,600 ships, consisting of some 55 million gross tons, including the world's largest cruise liner, The Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. The country has acceded to all of the major IMO Conventions as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant International Labour Organisation Conventions.
Main Photo Caption: Pictured front row left to right are Anthony Kikivarakis, Chairman of The Bahamas Maritime Authority; the Minister of Transport and Aviation; Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO and Frank Davis, Acting High Commissioner & Alternate Permanent Representative to the IMO. Back row from left to right are Commodore Davy Rolle, Director & CEO, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Peter Goulandris, Deputy Chairman of The Bahamas Maritime Authority.
Later that evening the Minister welcomed the IMO Secretary General, His Excellency Koji Sekimizu, to a recpetion held in her honour at the IMO Headquarters. The reception was also used as an opportunity to thank Captain Douglas Bell for his many years of working with the Bahamas Maritime Authority.
More photos from the event can be seen on the High Commission's Facebook Page.