The newly-elected Council will meet, after the end of the 31st Assembly, for its 123rd session, on December 5, to elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.

The ones elected are:

  • Category (a): 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:
  1. China
  2. Greece
  3. Italy
  4. Japan
  5. Norway
  6. Panama
  7. Republic of Korea
  8. Russian Federation
  9. United Kingdom
  10. United States.
  • Category (b): 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:
  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. India
  8. the Netherlands
  9. Spain
  10. the United Arab Emirates.
  • Category (c): 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which are focused on maritime transport matters or navigation and whose election will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:
  1. Bahamas
  2. Belgium
  3. Chile
  4. Cyprus
  5. Denmark
  6. Egypt
  7. Indonesia
  8. Jamaica
  9. Kenya
  10. Kuwait
  11. Malaysia
  12. Malta
  13. Mexico
  14. Morocco
  15. Peru
  16. the Philippines
  17. Singapore
  18. South Africa
  19. Thailand
  20. Turkey.

IMO's 31st Assembly will be conducted in London, at IMO's Headquarters, from November 25 to December 4, 2019. All 174 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend.