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Amid rising tensions in Middle East, IMCA writes to Secretary General of UN

Published on 19 April 2024

IMCA has joined 16 associations representing the maritime industry and has written to Secretary-General Gutteres of the United Nations (UN) to highlight the worrying increase in attacks on vessels, following the latest high-profile incident with MSC Aries in the Strait of Hormuz. 

The letter, which was co-signed by IMCA CEO, Iain Grainger, reminded the Secretary-General that, amid rising political tensions in the Middle East, “innocent seafarers have been killed, seafarers are being held hostage.”  

It called for an, “enhanced military presence, missions and patrols to protect seafarers against further aggression.” It also called for Member States of the UN to be, “formally reminded of their responsibilities under international law.” It asked that, “all efforts possible are brought to bear to release the seafarers and protect the safe transit of ships.” 

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Iain Grainger

Commenting on the situation, Iain Grainger, CEO, IMCA said: “Seafarers are innocent by-standers with no interest in the politics of any conflict. We must do everything possible to release the seafarers currently held hostage, and ensure the safe transit of vessels wherever they are in the world.” 

View the open letter, which was co-signed by the following organisations: 

Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), BIMCO, Cruise Lines international Association (CLIA), European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA), InterManager, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA), World Shipping Council (WSC).