The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg, is in the UK to attend an important event organised on the occasion of International Shipping Week in London. Yesterday, Dr Borg met with the General Secretary of the International Maritime Organisation, Kitack Lim.
Dr Borg said that Malta will once again seek to be elected to Category C of the Council in November of this year, and wishes to consolidate its active particiaption in the work carried out by the IMO. The Minister stressed the importance of Malta as a representative both of the Mediterranean region, as well as of a number of small island economies.
The Ballast Water Management Convention which came into effect on 8 September 2017, and which was ratified by Malta last week, was also discussed. This convention signifies an important step forward for the protection of the maritime enviornment against the transfer of organisms through ballast water.
During his visit with Mr Lim, Minister Borg spoke on the commitment of Malta to adhere to the aims of the IMO. Dr Borg once again affirmed that the protection of the environment from climate change requires a global response and the same applies where the international shipping sector is concerned.
Dr Borg said that Malta is proud of the positive record of this organisation in managing this industry, by means of which the shipping sector is now safer, cleaner and more efficient, while it is paving the way for future sustainable economic growth in this sector.
The IMO is the specialised UN agency which stipulates the global standards where the shipping sector is concerned and is responsible for the security of the maritime sector and the prevention of sea pollution. Malta has been a member since 1996, and currently forms part of the Council.