Denmark has been elected for another two years on the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Thus, Denmark maintains its position as a player in the top decision-making body of the IMO.
With the re-election, the member States gave Denmark a mandate to continue the efforts made in the Council to promote quality shipping internationally as well as to ensure that the IMO remains a modern and relevant organization that is operated in a still more efficient and streamlined manner.
Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth said that he is pleased with the result. Denmark contributes greatly to the work of the IMO and the re-election is a recognition of this. It is of great importance to Denmark as a maritime nation that it is retained its seat on the Council:
”By virtue of the re-election, Denmark will still be in a good position to promote key issues such as the fight against piracy and reductions of the administrative burdens imposed on the industry. In addition, we on the Danish part can help set the priorities for the IMO’s work in coming years and support the on-going development of the Organization as the body regulating international shipping.”
Denmark is a leading maritime nation, accounting for 10 per cent of total world trade, measured in value. In terms of the national economy, Danish maritime companies account for 24 per cent of Denmark’s total exports and have a total output of well over DKK 287 billion, corresponding to approximately 10 per cent of total output in Denmark.
The IMO has 170 member States. 125 of these cast their vote for Denmark.
DMA, December 2, 2013; Image: IMO