ASPThe State of Israel is honored to submit its candidature to the Council of the International Maritime Organization to be held during the coming elections of the 28-th Session of the Assembly. Israel is a small Coastal State, which relies heavily on sea trade. In fact, approximately 98% of all goods exported from and imported to Israel travel by sea. Despite being a young State, Israel has a well developed maritime industry.

From a Humble Beginning to a Promising Future

Israel became one of the first members of IMO, joining the Organization in 1952, shortly after it was mandated. From a humble beginning, 65 years ago, when a few ships carrying Jewish immigrants to the newly established State of Israel, utilized a few small ports built by the British, the State of Israel has been transformed into a maritime nation. Israel has a strong and vibrant economy, which excels in development of innovative technologies. Notwithstanding, it attributes paramount importance to maritime transport. At present, Israel is in the process of major development of its sea ports to enable servicing the newest generations of large container ships. A new offshore industry is concurrently developing as a result of recent discoveries of significant gas fields. To date, some seventy million tones are handled annually through Israel’s ports: Two major ports in the Mediterranean, one in the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat and two energy ports. Many of the leading global carriers regularly call at Israeli ports and many world-class companies have representatives in Israel, which are supported by numerous local agents. The short but turbulent history of the State of Israel against seemingly impossible odds, have created a resilient nation with innovative approach to problem-solving and constantly improving “know-how” and professionalism.

Safety First - Professionalism and High Standards of Maritime Safety

Israel operates a modern Rescue Coordination Centre on a 24/7 basis, which was created to assist all vessels in distress and cases of pollution of the marine environment, in accordance with the spirit of the maritime community and IMO Conventions. Israel strongly supports a lawful, free, safe and environmentally friendly maritime trade. As a member of the IMO, Israel acts in the spirit of UNCLOS and promotes ratifying additional treaties and conventions. Israel is the first Mediterranean country to volunteer for the VIMSAS. Israel has a fleet of fifty registered vessels with an average age of ten years, which totals 3.2MT. All are subjected to rigorous standards through the supervision of The Administration of Shipping and Ports. The Israeli Port State Control (Member of the Med-MOU) has earned a reputation for professionalism, fairness and objectivity, among all ship-owners whose vessels call at Israeli ports. Israel strives to become a Flag-bearer which represents the most advanced values of free maritime trade, fully committed to the standards of International Conventions of the Safety of Life at Sea and the Protection of the Marine Environment Membership of the IMO Council, would offer Israel the opportunity to contribute its best to the international maritime community.

List of IMO Conventions signed and adopted by ISRAEL

  • Convention on the International Maritime Organization (IMO Convention)
  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 as amended (SOLAS)
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by Protocol 1978 (MARPOL 73/78)
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions as Sea, 1972 (COLREG 72)
  • International Convention on Load Lines 1966, (LL 1966) as amended
  • International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TONNAGE 1969)
  • International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers, as amended (STCW 1995)
  • International Convention for Safe Containers , 1972 as amended (CSC 1972)
  • Convention on the International Mobile Satellite Organization, as amended (INMARSAT)
  • Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization, 1976 (IMSO)
  • Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic,1965, as amended  (FAL)
  • Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage ( CLC PROT 1992)
  • Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1971 ( FUND PROT 92)
  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA 88)
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990 as amended (OPRC 1990)