PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to developing its maritime industry and protecting seafarers crossing its waters, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The country, he said, has always performed its duties responsibly during its 50 years as a member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
He noted that Malaysia ratified the IMO Convention on June 12, 1971 and has become an official member state of the organization since.
“This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s official membership in IMO.
“This is truly a momentous opportunity as Malaysia, under the auspices of the IMO, has made and will continue to make progress in upholding the fundamental responsibility of ensuring that the IMO instruments to which Malaysia has accepted by ratification are implemented effectively, ”said Dr. Wee.
Over the years, he said Malaysia has ratified 26 of the 58 IMO conventions, all in the spirit of ensuring that the safety, security of maritime transport and protection of the marine environment are given priority over the years. both locally and regionally.
“Malaysia takes its role as a flag, port and coastal state very seriously, implementing the necessary measures to ensure an effective legal, policy and institutional framework that enables Malaysia to fulfill of his responsibilities to the maximum of his ability, ”said Dr Wee.
He said Malaysia is looking forward to the next 50 years with greater vision and aspirations.
“Nation-building and sustainable global maritime transport under the auspices of IMO are essential and Malaysia aims to collectively reach greater heights in this area by adopting an inclusive approach bringing all nations towards the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations, ”Dr Wee said during a celebration. to commemorate the occasion.
The event took place at the Malaysian High Commission in London.
Also in attendance were IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim and Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Zakri Jaafar.
Dr Wee said that maritime transport is one of the most important modes of transport and a catalyst for the growth of Malaysia.
“The sheer volume of goods and services delivered by shipping has helped connect the world through global trade.
“With the number of ships crossing the Strait of Malacca every day, Malaysia is fully committed to its role as a coastal state to ensure the safety of the ships passing through it,” he said.
Dr Wee also announced Malaysia’s participation in IMO’s GreenVoyage2050 project, a global initiative that will help developing countries meet their commitments to meet climate change and energy efficiency goals.
“Malaysia fully recognizes the opportunity to participate in this project as a timely and important initiative, as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships is a central issue for Malaysia.
“As part of Malaysia’s 12th plan, our goal is also to reduce GHG emissions by 45% of GDP by 2030,” he said.
At the event, Dr Wee also announced several contributions to the IMO Fund, namely: the IMO Greenhouse Gas Technical Cooperation Trust Fund (GHG-TC) (£ 25,000 ), the IMO Seafarers Fund (£ 25,000) and a full scholarship program for two students from the World Maritime University (US $ 117,000).