SA facilitates multilateral S&R agreement

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula facilitated the signing of a multilateral search and rescue agreement by Rui J. Carneiro Mangueira , Angolan Ambassador to the United Kingdom, at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London.

“The objective of the agreement is to ensure co-operation between the signatories – Angola, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa – in pulling together resources to improve maritime search and rescue in the region.

“The signing of the agreement was a watershed moment, as Angola was the last outstanding signatory,” the Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

The IMO is a United Nations specialised agency, whose chief objective is to set international standards for safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.

The IMO Council’s 122nd session ended this week at the organisation’s headquarters in London.

Minister Mbalula also met the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of Federal Transport Authority, Dr Abdullah Belhhaif Al Nuaimi.

They discussed strengthening relations, the future of the maritime industry, common goals in the sector, opportunities for collaboration and World Maritime Day Parallel Events.