Liberian Registry Backs Australia’s Demand for IMO Reform
The Liberian Registry has supported Australia which is calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reconsider transparency and the role of industry bodies in the organization.
Liberia is likely to be the largest flag state to support the push by Australia, which will lead to a submission to the IMO Council meeting in July calling into question the existing role of the IMO Council and the IMO Assembly, and seeking to facilitate greater transparency and the wider representation of maritime interests in the IMO.
As explained, the Australian submission suggests that discussions at IMO should be more open to the public and other stakeholders. It also refers to the decreasing accessibility of discussions and decisions within the IMO Council and Assembly for both member states and the public.
“As a founding IMO member and the world’s second-largest flag state, Liberia has always been a committed and public supporter of IMO (…) But it is only right that we should lend our support to Australia’s push for reform in the light of concern from observers both within and outside the organization that the IMO decision-making process may not be fit for purpose in the 21st century and may moreover be susceptible to commercial influence,” Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian Registry, pointed out.
The Liberian Registry is comprised of more than 4,100 vessels aggregating more than 150 million gross tons, representing 12 percent of the world’s ocean-going fleet.