Widespread fears and concerns over South Africa possibly being delisted from the IMO’s STCW Convention’s ‘White List’ this year have been allayed after the IMO agreed to re-approach its listing process, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has announced.
According to SAMSA acting Chief Executive Officer, Sobantu Tilayi, the withdrawal of the threat occurred following to discussions between SAMSA, other Member States of the IMO and the organization during a meeting in London.
Tilayi said, “Discussions on the matter between the parties concerned came to a conclusion that the drawing up of the list of countries for delisting from the STCW Convention ‘White List’ earlier this year did not follow due process. The IMO then agreed to withdraw the list of affected countries and to embark on a process that is fair and transparent over the next year or two. Therefore, the list that was drawn up will no longer be presented to MSC in June. That therefore, basically means that South Africa is no longer facing a threat of being delisted from the IMO STCW Convention White List”.
“That notwithstanding, as we indicated earlier, South Africa remains on course to complete its compliance work during the period that we understood to be required. In fact, we will have completed the work by the end of 2019, way ahead of schedule as we have now begun to speed up the process, with assistance we have sought from the IMO,” said Tilayi.
The talks in London came about following SAMSA publicly expressing deep concern about how the IMO approached the listing of countries, including South Africa, for possibly delisting. As many as 80 other countries were included in the list drawn up and circulated in February this year.