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  • Jamaica, on Thursday, November 28, deposited Instruments of Accession on Maritime Salvage (1989) and two Maritime Protocols at the International Maritime Organization.
  • The instruments were presented to the IMO Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu.
  • The Convention on Maritime Salvage 1989 will encourage marine salvors to respond to shipping causalities.

Jamaica, on Thursday, November 28, deposited Instruments of Accession on Maritime Salvage (1989) and two Maritime Protocols at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretariat.

The instruments were presented to the IMO Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu, by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy, at the IMO headquarters in London.

Dr. Guy is heading Jamaica’s delegation to the 28th IMO Assembly that is currently in session.

The Convention on Maritime Salvage 1989 is important to Jamaica, as it will encourage marine salvors to respond to shipping causalities or other incidents in Jamaican waters that could affect the country’s coastal interest.

The protocol of 2005 to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation “SUA 2005” and the Protocol of 2005 to the 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf,  means that Jamaica,  as a maritime state,  is now party to an internationally acceptable legal framework to deal with  current maritime security risks,  as  well as a clear mechanism  for co-operating with  security partners in dealing with threats against shipping.

Dr. Guy told the Secretary General that the instruments are a sign of Jamaica’s continued commitment to the work of the IMO.