Canada accepts amendments to expand IMO Council


Canada has become the latest country to accept amendments to the Convention on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which will expand the size of the Council from its current 40 members to 52, extend the term of its Members to in general a four-year term, and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the Convention.

The Honourable Ms. Marie Marie-Claude Bibeau (pictured, tp right), Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, deposited Canada’s instrument of acceptance with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim during a visit to IMO on 19 January.

The amendments have now been accepted by eight States: Canada, Honduras, Malaysia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and Spain. The amendments were adopted at the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly held in December 2021. They require acceptance by two thirds of the IMO Membership (117 Member States based on the current number of 175 Member States) for entry into force.

The three additional languages for IMO texts will be Arabic, Chinese and Russian – all already official languages of the current Organization – supplementing the existing English, French and Spanish.