India on maritime body’s high table

India has been elected to the executive council or governing body of the International Maritime Organisation for the term 2008 – 2009, signalling a change in international perception of India as an emerging maritime trade power. India polled 127 votes, more than the traditional European colonial maritime powers like France, the Netherlands and Germany.

This time an election was held for the ten seats on the IMO’s high table. Belgium, a new entrant and one of the 11 contenders for the 10 seats, forced the elections, challenging the monopoly of more recognized maritime trading nations.