Council of the International Maritime Organization – French candidacy (29 November 2019)


France is seeking to renew its mandate at the International Maritime Organization. The election of Council members will take place in London on 29 November 2019 during the 31st session of the International Maritime Organization Assembly.

France is a great shipping nation with the world’s second largest maritime space. Through the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and the implementation of a European directive, we are meeting our obligations to inspect foreign vessels in our ports. We are internationally recognised as one of the safest flag States, as we fully observe security and environmental protection rules. We are a coastal State, and so concerned about security and environmental protection in our waters.

France is a founding member of the International Maritime Organization. We have been present within the Council since its creation, and we bring to the IMO a vast network of experts which enable us to actively participate in all Committee and Sub-Committee sessions, as well as almost all Working Groups and correspondence groups.

Our candidacy is driven by our will to promote security and safety regulations, as well as the environmental performance of international maritime transport. In the fight against climate change and in line with the commitments arising from the Paris Agreement, we promote ambitious and achievable solutions to quickly and sustainably reduce carbon emissions from maritime transport.