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Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Developments in the field of shipping are highly advanced with mega ships capable of carrying well over a hundred thousand tons of cargo navigating across the Oceans of the World," says Minister of Ports and Aviation Mangala Samaraweera.

In his message on the International Maritime Day the Minister says that under such circumstances, regulating international shipping in order to minimize the level of accidents, collisions and pollution of the oceans is, without doubt, an unenviable task.

The World Maritime Day is designated by the International Maritime Organisation (I M O) to be celebrated during the current week. The IMO has since its inception, made far-reaching contributions to all aspects of maritime industry. Shipping has progressed significantly in areas such as Naval architecture and ship design, Navigational System, Marine Engine design, safety of Life at sea, carriage of passengers and Cargo, training and certification of Mariners, prevention of Maritime Pollution etc., due to the tireless efforts of the IMO .

In this, it is also important that we recognize the cooperation and assistance extended by the member states and other organizations.

The IMO has very successfully, achieved this and, I am certain, will continue to do so in the future. As a member state which stands to benefit greatly from increased maritime activity, Sri Lanka will continue to give her unstinted cooperation and participate in the activities and future endeavours of the IMO.
(DN - 01102005)

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