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Organization of Islamic Shipowners Association was set up to serve Islamic ummah in maritime transportation field according to the Third Summit Conference of the OIC countries held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in 1981. The efforts of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association is to enhance trade exchange and cooperation among Islamic countries in the field of maritime transport and to increase mutual cooperation among them so that the maritime transport is considered one of the main arteries of communication between the various economic activities around the world, who contribute to the transfer of about 90% of the movement of goods around the world.
 
 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Governments of the Member States of the Oranization of the Islamic Conference;

Guided by the objectives of the Organization as stipulated in its Chapter;

Convinced of their desire to promote and foster economic cooperation and commercial relations among them, to achieve maximum utilization of the economic resources and potentialities available in their countries, and to make optimum mobilization and exploitation of these resources and potentialities within the context of sustained cooperation between Member States of the OIC;

Conscious that the relations in the fields of transportation and communications offer sound grounds for economic and commercial cooperation through which economic and social development can be promoted on the basis of common interest and mutual benefit;

Anxious to develop a sound and efficient system of transportation and communications between them which is the basis for furthering inter-state and intra-regional trade and commerce;

Appreciating the important recommendations made by the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers to ensure coordination and cooperation in the field of maritime transport and cargo;

Have approved the Statute of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association.

 

OBJECTIVE
The objectives and functions of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association have been one of the most important basic clauses of its Statute as they are considered to be the strong element in explaining the objectives of establishing the Association and the means of fulfilling these objectives.   Article V of Section II of the Statute of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association has defined the Associationa€?s objectives and functions as under:

The Association aims at coordinating and unifying the efforts of the Members in realising cooperation among the maritime companies with the purpose of advancing maritime transprot of the Member States and utilising to the maximum the potentials of the fleets of their companies for protecting the interest of the Members by providing sound counsel and supporting them with greater voice in international maritime affairs as well as connecting the Islamic world and foreign countries in an integrated maritime network.

To meet these objectives, Article VI of the Statute of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association has stated that the Association shall:
  1. Encourage Members to establish Conference Lines among Member States and create joint venture Islamic Shipping companies.
  2. Organise maritime conferences among Member States and establish procedures designed to ensure transport quotas to the Members as per UNCTAD Code of Conduct keeping in view the existing Conference arrangements of the Member States.
  3. Develop periodical and regular freight and passenger voyages between ports of Member States and between Islamic and other ports giving preferential treatment to the shipping companies of the Member States in the carriage of cargoes of the Islamic countries.
  4. Encourage national agencies in the Member States to obtain the agencies of Islamic shipping companies.
  5. Assist in drawing up a unified policy for the Islamic Maritime Transporters to meet the objectives of the Association.
  6. Suggest to and advise member States on rules governing conduct between these companies with respect to loading, unloading, freight charges and related procedures in order to improve and standardise the same.
  7. Suggest to and advise Member States on management, formation and development of maritime codes which would ensure increased efficiency in shipping in cooperation with specialised Islamic institutions.
  8. Conduct studies and researches in various disciplines of shipping and communicate the results of these studies and researches to the Members to raise technical standards in operating transport services.
  9. Provide assistance in exchanging technical services and marine maintenance operations among companies of Member States for raising the efficiency of their fleets as well as in the formulation of joint plans to develop these fleets and make available the types of ships appropriate to the trade of each country.
  10. Extend assistance to Members in the area of marine safety, marine pollution, maritime laws and marine insurance so as to conform to international laws and regulations.
  11. Encoruage members of the Association to deal, as a unified group, with international Islamic unions and bodies operating in the field of shipping and participate affectively in international seminars.
  12. Discuss and study the problems and obstacles that might be encountered by the Members and find the appropriate solutions for them.
  13. Call upon the member governments and the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Member States to participate in the preparation of commercial plans and methods, contact suppliers and exporters in the advanced countries for ensuring part of the countrya€?s trade for its shipping companies and endeavour to strengthen and develop the national fleets and improve their efficiency so as to be able to compete with the international shipping monopolies through shipping conferences.

 

REASON
 
There were a number of reasons which prompted and encouraged the officials in the Islamic countries to study the feasibility of establishing the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association.   These reasons, strictly speaking, include:
  1. Making the Association one of the factors for economic linkage and for expanding and strengthening economic cooperation among the Islamic countries.
  2. Attempting to lift the blockade and overcome the monopoly to which the Islamic countries and ships are subjected by the foreign countries and companies in the area of shipping.
  3. Making efforts among the Islamic countries for establishing and consolidating their rights in the area of sea transport and freight at the international level.
  4. Developing trade and transport among the Islamic countries by opening scopes for investment and trade exchange through shipping.
  5. Coordinating and unifying the efforts of the members in realising cooperation among the shipping companies.
  6. Protecting the interests of the Islamic countries through supporting them with greater voice in international shipping affairs.
  7. Creating a sort of cultural and social attachment as well as augmenting the ties between the various Islamic societies.
  8. Employing as many Islamic ships as possible in the trade and transport traffic between these countries thus employing Islamic labour and utilizing to the maximum its available potentials and capabilities.

For these foregoing reasons it was decided to establish the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association and objectives were drawn up for it which the Association is endevaouring to realize through the plan of action charted by its General Secretariate.