Belgium, candidate for the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Belgium is standing for re-election to the IMO Council in category C. This United Nations organisation is committed to safe and sustainable international shipping. Our country has been a member of the IMO since 1951 and is proud to have contributed to the development of the maritime industry with other countries. 


To support our candidature for the IMO Council of 2021, DG Shipping is pleased to share a video presenting Belgium as a maritime nation and highlighting the key points of our motto: "Be sustainable, be safe, be together, be Belgium".    


In its candidature, Belgium emphasises the following points, among others: 

  • promoting inclusive governance
  • managing an increasingly complex maritime space and a wide variety of actors
  • innovating for a sustainable maritime sector
  • implementing IMO regulations and protecting seafarers
  • strengthening the maritime cluster


Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the North Sea: "Shipping is of great importance to our economy. At the same time, we are strongly committed to the protection of the seas and oceans. In this way, our country plays a leading role at an international level in reducing emissions. Our North Sea is itself part of an ECA (Emission Control Area) in which we use our sniffer aircraft to strictly monitor emissions of nitrogen, sulphur and, this year, black carbon. Our ambition is to reduce CO₂ emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieve zero emissions by 2050. That is why it is important for us to remain in the cockpit of the IMO. In this way, we can make a real difference in the development of a sustainable maritime policy.”


Peter Claeyssens, Director General of Directorate General Shipping: “The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) sets the rules for a safe navigation and the protection of our seas and oceans. As a prominent maritime nation, Belgium is strongly committed to safe and environmentally friendly shipping. This is why Belgium wants to be at the wheel of this organisation to make a difference in the ongoing development of a sustainable maritime mobility worldwide.”


The elections will take place in London during the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly, which will be held from 6 to 15 December 2021.  



More information on the IMO Council and the Belgian candidature is available here.