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High Commissioner presents credentials to IMO

Ed Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the International Maritime Organization, presented his credentials January 31. Pictured: Koji Sekimizu (left), secretary general of the IMO and Ed Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the IMO, during the presentation of credentials. (Photo/Lee Adamson) 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ed Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), presented his credentials to Koji Sekimizu, secretary general of the IMO January 31, 2013.

The High Commissioner was accompanied by Davy Rolle, director and chief executive officer, The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA); John Akhurst, deputy director of the BMA; and Michael Guy, second secretary and alternate permanent representative to the IMO.

The High Commissioner and the secretary general shared views on pressing issues facing the IMO, including management reform, piracy, greenhouse gas emissions from ships and ballast water management.

The Bahamas has the world’s fourth largest shipping registry, with over 1,600 ships, consisting of some 55 million gross tons, including the world’s largest cruise liner, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

The country has acceded to all of the major IMO conventions, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant International Labour Organization conventions.

President and chief operating officer of International Electric Power Enzo Zoratto presented the company's strategies of power plant development in the Caribbean territories at the 13th Annual Caribbean Energy Conference, held in The Bahamas last month.

Speaking at a maritime workshop being held in Grand Bahama this week, Minister for Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin said the government is working towards realizing the potential of the maritime sector.

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