Tuesday, April 5, 2011

IMO Elections At A Vital Time For Shipping Worldwide

New Boss Will face a Difficult Time
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – With the current problems facing the world of maritime trade the election of a new Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) this year will be of particular importance to the freight and passenger carrying community. Shipping faces several major concerns globally, not least the ever growing threat of piracy and its tendency to increased violence plus a potential fuel crisis and a constant need to improve the freight industry’s environmental credentials with the twin threats of chemical and biological emission hazards.

By the deadline of 31 March 2011, six candidates had been nominated by their Governments for the position to succeed the present incumbent, Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, who ends his second four-year term as Secretary-General on 31 December 2011. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

The nominees are: Mr. Lee Sik Chai - Republic of Korea, Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou - Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Neil Frank Ferrer - Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Jeffrey Lantz - United States of America, Mr. Esteban Pacha Vicente - Kingdom of Spain and Mr. Koji Sekimizu – Japan.

The election for the post will be held at the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which meets from 27 June to 1 July 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from 21 to 30 November 2011, for its approval.

Photo: Outgoing Secretary General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos