Jamaica joined the IMO in 1976, was elected to the council in 1979 and since then has ratified the principal Conventions governing maritime safety, security and pollution prevention. The country implements its flag, port and coastal State obligations, through a well-established legal and administrative framework instituted by the Government. As a member of the council, Jamaica actively participates in the work of the IMO and was re-elected for the 2010- 2011, 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 biennia, and consistently represents the interests of the Caribbean region as well as those of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Jamaica serves on the IMO’s panel of competent persons established under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 as amended.
Jamaica is represented on the IMO by the Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady. In 2015, the Director General was awarded the Seatrade Award for contribution to global maritime education and training. He was also elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board in 2015 and Presided at the annual meeting as Chairman in May 2016