Council Members

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization.  Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The Assembly, which normally meets once every two years in regular session, is responsible, among other things, for electing the Organization's 40-Member Council.

The following countries were elected by the Assembly, at its thirty-first session, to be Members of the IMO Council for the 2020-2021 biennium:

Category (a)    10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:

China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.

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

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain and the 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, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.

Alphabetical list of Council Members:

Argentina
Kuwait
Australia
Malaysia
Bahamas
Malta
Belgium
Mexico
Brazil
Morocco
Canada
Netherlands
Chile
Norway
China
Panama
Cyprus
Peru
Denmark
Philippines
Egypt
Republic of Korea
FranceRussian Federation
GermanySingapore
Greece
South Africa
India
Spain
Indonesia
Thailand
Italy
Turkey
Jamaica
United Arab Emirates
Japan
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Kenya
United States of America