IMO upgrade for Australia
Australia was supported in the election by 143 of the 162 Member States present.
It has been on the IMO Council for almost 50 years and is the first country,along with the United Arab Emirates, to replace an incumbent from Category B.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said this better reflected Australia's status as one of the states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.
“This election reaffirms Australia's contribution to the development and implementation of international standards on maritime safety, security and pollution prevention,” Mr Chester said.
“Through our role on the IMO Council, the Australian Government will do our part to ensure international shipping is safe, reliable and efficient, and protects the marine environment so that all countries can share the benefits of a strong international shipping sector.
“Australia will continue our search and rescue operations in an area that covers one-tenth of the earth's surface.”