Press release

Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration Head appointed as IMO Maritime Ambassador

September 23, 2015

The Director General of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration, SMSA, Captain Joachim Valmont has as of the 11th of September 2015, been appointed as a Maritime Ambassador for the International Maritime Organization, this following nomination by the Seychelles Government.

The IMO Maritime Ambassador’s program an initiative of the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, aims to encourage young people to consider seafaring and other maritime professions when making choices concerning their education and careers.  Further the IMO Maritime Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the maritime world with others, particularly young people who are starting out on their further education, apprenticeships and career pathways. 

By reaching out, IMO Maritime Ambassadors can engage, inspire and call upon young people to consider careers at sea or in the maritime industries. The goal is to reach new target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.?

According to Mr. Glen Forbes, a director of ‘OceanusLive’, a private maritime domain awareness group from the UK said that the appointment of Captain Valmont from the Seychelles was fantastic news adding, “A good seat at the IMO and on the White List, and now this appointment.  I don’t think the ‘punching-above-your-weight’ analogy works the same anymore. Seychelles is most decidedly a senior player in terms of promoting the blue economy, maritime security in the IOR and an example for not just small island states, but the larger states of Africa.” 

Minister Joël Morgan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport who initiated the nomination, with the approval of President Michel, welcomed the appointment by the IMO saying, “the confirmation by the Secretary General of the IMO is important for the Seychelles and for Captain Valmont who heads the SMSA.  Following on from our ‘IMO White Listing’ this past 15th June 2015, today we communicate again our intention that Seychelles will continue to participate and contribute to the success of the region by involving itself in worthy programs and initiatives such as the one being promoted by the IMO.  Doing so as well provides opportunities for our own citizens wanting to challenge themselves by seeking employment opportunities within the maritime sector.  The government’s vision of the Blue Economy concept compliments the effort of the IMO and by our involvement at this time, is a natural evolution of the direction we intend to go and what we as a nation can add.”

Captain Valmont will be attending a Maritime Day Symposium being held by the IMO in London in the United Kingdom where he will present a letter to the IMO Secretary General from Minister Morgan in his capacity as incoming chairman of the Contact Group for Piracy off of the Coast of Somalia, CGPCS, with Seychelles assuming the presidency as of 1st January 2016. 

“The letter confirms the Seychelles objectives for the tenure of its presidency in 2016 that it intends to pursue with determination that the Indian Ocean shall be a zone of opportunity, building on the stability of the region and by that creating economic opportunities, something which the IMO program itself is working for.  I welcome my appointment this day and I thank Minister Morgan and the Seychelles Government for their nomination. I look forward to being part of an active program with the IMO that sees it as a goal to attract more young people to the maritime profession.  I am well placed at the SMSA to do just that,” said Captain Valmont.

Captain Valmont has been in charge of the SMSA as its director general since January 2011.


 Editor’s Note:-


Full list of current IMO Maritime Ambassadors:



Prefecto Mayor Roberto Tomás Annichini, Secretary for International Affairs, nominated by the Republic of Argentina..

Prefecto Principal Juan Carlos Antonio Cubisino, Head, International Regulation Division, nominated by the Republic of Argentina.




Captain Xu Zuyuan, President of the China Institute of Navigation, nominated by the People’s Republic of China.


Captain Mamuka Akhaladze, Director, Maritime Transport Agency, nominated by  Georgia.


Mrs Myriam Desrosiers Senatus, a former graduate of IMO’s World Maritime University (WMU), nominated by the Maritime and Navigation Service (SEMANAH) of the Republic of Haiti.

Iran (Islamic Republic of):

Captain Mohammad Ali Shahba, Maritime Consultant, nominated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Captain Shigeru Kojima, President, Japan Captains’ Association, nominated by Japan.

Captain Yoshikazu Kamikubo, Adviser, Tabuchi Kaiun CO., nominated by Japan.


Mr. Joseph Boakai Jr., Director of Corporate Strategy & Chief of Staff nominated by Liberia Maritime Authority of the Republic of Liberia.


Captain Joachim Andrea Valmont, Director General, Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration, nominated by the Republic of Seychelles.


Mr. Patrick Machia Mipawa, Flag and Port State Control Officer  nominated by Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) of the United Republic of Tanzania.


Abuja MoU:

Mr. Richard Owolabi, Head, Technical nominated by Abuja MoU Secretariat.



Nautical Institute:

Captain Sarabjit Singh Butalia, Consultant, nominated by the Nautical Institute.
Mr. George Hoyt, FNI, Consultant, nominated by the Nautical Institute.
Captain Berislav Vranic, FNI, Captain, nominated by the Nautical Institute.

Captain Charles H. Piersall, Chairman, ISO/TC8 & ISO Representative to IMO, nominated by the International Organization for Standardization.