It’s a new year and with it follows a new IMO (international Maritime Organization) Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim from South Korea. “It is a great honour to have been elected as Secretary-General of this prestigious and important Organization, and as I begin my term I very much look forward to the challenges ahead.” 

 The change of an IMO Secretary General is important for the industry as a whole, as IMO is the organization which binds together all the stakeholders of this global industry.

The role of IMO, is providing the framework for safety and security in Shipping, as well as preventing industry specific marine pollution. IMO is a key player in setting the global regulatory framework for the Shipping industry. If you want more information about IMO, read more.  

Mr. Kotack Lim recognizes that it is a challenging task he is presented with: “IMO currently faces an array of issues. With the collective wisdom and insight of IMO Member States and other stakeholders, I am confident we can meet these challenges and continue to forge a future where shipping meets the needs of the world in a safe, secure and sustainable way, building on the substantial efforts and achievements of the IMO to date.

Kotack Lim’s vision is to create strong ties between governments and the shipping industry, between development and industrialized countries, as well as creating more communication between the maritime sector and the public. 

The main focus of the new Secretary General will be: 

  • Effective implementation of international conventions and regulations building capacity in developing countries, particularly small island developing States and least developed countries
  • Promoting IMO's global status 
  • Contributing to shared growth for all Member States 
  • The efficient performance of the Secretariat.

It will be interesting to see the work progress, especially after a depressing result at the COP 21, Dec. 2015, as commented by Maersk, where shipping did not stay on the agenda. 

Read the full article at ShippingWatch (Danish) or IMO.org (English).