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Courtesy Call on Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO

H.E. Eldred E. Bethel, High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the Court of St James's and Permanent Representative to the IMO, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), on Tuesday 21 January 2014.

The High Commissioner was accompanied by Commodore Davy Rolle, Director & CEO of The Bahamas Maritime Authority, who presented the Secretary-General with The Bahamas' Assessed Contribution to the IMO for the year 2014. As one of the world's leading Ship Registers, The Bahamas annual assessed contribution is in excess of £1,000,000 (one million GBP Sterling) placing The Bahamas among the largest of contributors to the IMO.


The High Commissioner brought greetings from the Hon. Glennis Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation and the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; and pledged The Bahamas continued commitment to work with and through the IMO; to bring about simple and targeted regulations,  that will result in safer shipping and a clean marine environment.


The Secretary-General thanked the High Commissioner and Commodore Rolle for the constructive role that The Bahamas has played and  continues to play at IMO;  and The Government for their support, in being among one of the first Member States every year to pay their contribution in full. The IMO is grateful for this arrangement.


The Secretary-General in his wide ranging discussion, highlighted the fact that The Safety Of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) in its successive forms, marked its 100 year, on Monday 20 January, 2014. Generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships; the first version was adapted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster . The Secretary-General requested the High Commissioner to convey his thanks and good wishes to the Government and people of The Bahamas.


Photo Caption (L-R):  Commodore Davy Rolle, Director & CEO, The Bahamas Maritime Authority; Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, IMO; H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the IMO.


Photo Credit: Karine Langois/IMO