Estonian econmin calls for implementation of digital solutions in maritime sector

  • 2019-11-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas, who represented Estonia at the 31st session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, called on countries to implement digital solutions in the maritime sector.

The IMO Assembly is held every two years and brings together 174 member states. At the 31st session of the Assembly, Aas gave a speech on Estonia's maritime successes and also met with Kitack Lim, secretary general of the IMO.

"It could be seen in London that climate action is taking place on many fronts and minimizing the environmental impact of the maritime sector is one of the priorities of the International Maritime Organization. The use of sustainable shipping methods is essential to reduce greenhouse gases and maintain people's confidence in shipping and maritime trade," Aas said.

Although maritime affairs are largely dealt with at the global level at the IMO Assembly, Estonia's digital solutions also serve as examples of good practice for other countries. "Estonia is already using a paperless maritime information system, and I shared our experience with the Assembly and encouraged them to seriously consider moving in this direction," the minister added.

Aas also met with his counterparts from China, Cyprus and Georgia as well as representatives of banking enterprises residing in London.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. Representatives of 174 member states gather in London every two years and elect a 40-member council and approve the objectives of the organization's five committees for the next period as well as the budget. Intergovernmental working groups, educational institutions as well as representatives of the maritime sector also take part in the organization's work.