IMO Council Candidates (2024-2025)

The Assembly, at its thirty-third session (27 November-6 December 2023), will elect 40 Members of the Council as provided for in Articles 16 and 17 of the IMO Convention. The election is expected to take place on Friday, 1 December 2023.

Candidates under category (a) - 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: 

  • Liberia


Candidates under category (b) - 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: 

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada


Candidates under category (c) - 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: 

  • Bahamas
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Singapore
  • Türkiye
Total number of candidatures received to date: 

Category (a): 1

Category (b): 3

Category (c): 13


The current Council Members elected at IMO Assembly (6-15 December 2021) for the 2022-2023 biennium:


Category (a): 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services (listed in alphabetical order)
  • China

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Norway

  • Panama

  • Republic of Korea

  • Russian Federation

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • United States


Category (b): 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:
  • Australia

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • France

  • Germany

  • India

  • Netherlands

  • Spain

  • Sweden 

  • United Arab Emirates


Category (c): 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:
  • Bahamas

  • Belgium

  • Chile

  • Cyprus

  • Denmark

  • Egypt

  • Indonesia

  • Jamaica

  • Kenya

  • Malaysia

  • Malta

  • Mexico

  • Morocco

  • Philippines

  • Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia 

  • Singapore

  • Thailand

  • Turkey  

  • Vanuatu

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