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M’sia committed towards developing maritime industry

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to the development of its maritime industry and to protect seafarers passing through its waters, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The country, he said, had always carried out its duties responsibly in its 50 years as a member state of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

He noted that Malaysia ratified the IMO Convention on June 12, 1971, and became an official member state of the organisation since.

“This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Malaysia formally joining IMO.

“This is truly a momentous occasion as Malaysia, under the auspices of IMO, has and will continue to make strides in upholding the core responsibility of ensuring that IMO instruments to which Malaysia has agreed by ratification will be implemented effectively,” said Dr Wee.

Over the years, he said Malaysia had ratified 26 of 58 IMO conventions, all in the spirit of ensuring that safety, security of shipping and the protection of the marine environment is given priority both locally and regionally.

“Malaysia takes its role as Flag State, Port State and Coastal State very seriously, applying the necessary steps to ensure effective legal, policy and institutional framework that enables Malaysia to carry out her responsibilities at the fullest of her capabilities,” said Dr Wee.

He said Malaysia looked forward to the next 50 years with greater vision and aspirations.

Nation-building and global sustainable shipping under the auspices of the IMO are vital and Malaysia aims to achieve collectively greater heights in this area by adopting an inclusive approach bringing all nations towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Dr Wee during a celebration to commemorate the occasion.

The event was held at the Malaysian High Commission in London.

Also present were IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim and Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Zakri Jaafar.

Dr Wee said shipping is one of the most important modes of transportation and an enabler of Malaysia’s growth.

“The sheer volume of goods and services rendered by shipping has helped to connect the world through global trade.

“With the number of ships passing through the Straits of Malacca every day, Malaysia is fully committed to the role as the coastal state in ensuring the safety of ships passing through,” he said.

Dr Wee also announced Malaysia’s participation in the IMO’s GreenVoyage2050 Project, which is a global initiative that will help developing countries meet their commitments to achieve climate change and energy efficiency goals.

“Malaysia fully recognises the opportunity to participate in this project as a timely and important initiative as the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships is a central issue to Malaysia.

“Under the 12th Malaysia Plan, it is also our goal to reduce GHG emissions by 45% of GDP in 2030,” he said.

At the event, Dr Wee also announced several contributions made to the IMO fund, namely: the IMO GreenHouse Gas Technical Cooperation (GHG-TC) Trust Fund (£25,000), the IMO Seafarers Fund (£25,000) and a Full Fellowship Programme for two students under World Maritime University (US$117,000).

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