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India contesting a post in the London based International Maritime Organisation

India has decided to put up its candidate for reelection under category B of the International Maritime Organisation representing the developing countries and countries with the large interest in international sea borne trade it was officially announced.

An official release said India is hereby putting forward her candidate for a reelection to the council of the IMO under category B representing the developing countries.

The release said the country would redicate itself with renewed commitment towards development of objectives of IMO, and leverage the opportunity to further strengthen the implementation of the IMO instruments, for the accelerated and sustained growth of the global maritime community.

Addressing the IMO meeting at London on November 29, Indian Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said the country has benefitted immensely from the free and frank deliberations and exchange of ideas in the IMO. “As we expand our maritime activities, the guidance of IMO will become even more valuable.”

India, he said has been founder members of the IMO and has been part of the IMO Council since then, except in 1983-84. In category B of the Council, India represents the developing world and the nations with the largest share in international sea borne trade the minister said.

India has more than four hundred thousand seafarers who are the preferred choice for specialised vessels. India provides the services of its expert manpower for Member State Audit Scheme, Goal Based Standards (GBS) and Working Groups. Capt Radhika Menon from India became the first woman in the world to receive the IMO's Award for Exceptional Bravery in 2016.

India is a key player in the Space Technology with the distinction of launching into Orbit a record breaking 104 Nano Satellites from the single rocket in February this year. The application of Indian Regional Navigational satellite system in the maritime field is being pursued by IMO.

The Maritime India Summit 2016 was attended by five thousand delegates from 42 countries. India has signed agreement on Maritime Transport with 27 countries and many more will follow. India remains an observer member of the Arctic Council.

The Indian Naval ships and Aircrafts continue to escort Merchant ships of all nations in the Gulf of Aden. Even though there have been no successful hijacking of commercial vessels since May 2012, the waters east of 65 degrees longitude, India continues to participate in all global forums to eradicate piracy in the Somalia region. India has been elected as Co Chair for Working Group 1 of the Contact Group or Piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The country has an efficient and Vigilant Search and Rescue set up and has made commendable efforts to rescue seafarers in distress situations in the Indian search and rescue area, covering the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. The launch of Indian regional navigational Satellite system will further strengthen our SAR efforts.

India is also strategically located in the Corridor through which substantial part of the East West Sea borne traffic flows. The country has about one thousand four hundred vessels with a Gross Tonnage of 12.2 million. Nearly ninety per cent of India's overseas trade by volume is carried through ships of which 92 per cent is carried by foreign flag vessels

With an economy poised to grow faster in the coming years. Indian government is alive to the possibility of a quantum jump in the Maritime Activities on the Indian Coasts the minister said.


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