Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.
Category A includes 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:
- Republic of Korea,
- Russian Federation,
- United Kingdom,
- United States.
Category B involves 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.
Category C includes 20 states not elected under A or B above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.
The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 30th Assembly, for its 119th session, on 7 December, and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.
The 30th Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from 27 November to 6 December 2017. All 172 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.