The Next Secretary General Of the IMO

By July 17, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Mr. Ki-tack Lim of South Korea is elected as the next Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) for an initial term of four years, effective January 1, 2016. Kemplon Engineering takes a look at this exciting news.

 The International Maritime Organization is the United Nations agency tasked with safe and secure shipping, as well as with preventing maritime pollution by ships. The organization creates fair, effective, and universally adopted and implemented, regulatory frameworks that keep the shipping industry on a level playing field while maintaining standards of safety and environmental performance.

The esteemed international organization’s current Secretary General is Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan. He was elected in an IMO Council session and subsequently endorsed by an IMO Assembly in 2011.

Set to follow after Mr. Sekimizu is Mr. Ki-tack Lim of South Korea, the current president of the Busan Port Authority. Mr. Lim has a long history in the maritime industry, with a major in nautical science, and further degrees in maritime administration and international law. He also has experience working as a naval officer, commercial mariner, in port administration, and in a wide range of posts as South Korea’s representative to the IMO.

The vote that elected Mr. Lim was held in the 114th session of the IMO Council, which met from June 29th to July 3rd. The result of the elections will then be submitted for approval to the IMO Assembly, which is set to meet later this year. He is the first South Korean to be elected by the Council, and he had beat out candidates from Cyprus, Denmark, Kenya, Philippines and Russia. The election reportedly took five rounds, before the candidate could secure over half of the votes from the 40 IMO Council members.

We at Kemplon Engineering wish Mr. Lim and the organization luck as they move forward with doing good work with the IMO, and we thank Mr. Sekimizu for his years of service.

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