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Singapore Re-elected into the Council of the International Maritime Organization for a 14th Consecutive Term

30 Nov 2019 News Releases

1.     Singapore has been re-elected into the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)1 for a 14th consecutive two-year term. The election was held during the 31st Session of the IMO Assembly, on 29 November 2019 in London, the United Kingdom.

2.     Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, led the delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).Following Singapore’s successful re-election, he said, ‘Singapore is honoured to be re-elected to the IMO Council and is grateful for the support of our fellow IMO Member States. We will continue to contribute actively towards the IMO’s goals.’

3.     Singapore was first elected to the IMO Council in 1993 and has since been re-elected to the Council at subsequent biennial IMO Assemblies.As an IMO Council Member, Singapore has contributed to, and played an active role in the IMO, including serving in various leadership positions and making significant contributions towards advancing the efforts of the international maritime community to enhance navigational safety, promote efficient and sustainable shipping, and protect the marine environment.

1   The Council serves as the IMO’s governing body and comprises 40 Member States which are elected every two years.  The next election is expected to be held during the 32nd Session of the IMO Assembly in November/December 2021.  For more information, please refer to