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IMO retains top executive for another term

IMO retains top executive for another term

The 25th biennial meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly has unanimously confirmed the decision of the organization's Council to extend the appointment of Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos for a further term of four years, for the period January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2011.
In sharing with the IMO members his vision for the future, he said, that, in the years to come, the focus of the many challenges facing the organization should be on the following points:
Keeping alive the spirit of the year's World Maritime Day theme, on responding successfully to environmental challenges. "We should," he said, "intensify our efforts to improve, implement and enforce all the marine environment-related instruments we have put in place; and to bring those in the pipeline to a successful conclusion within the agreed timeframe.
"In being pro-active in this respect, not only will we be sending a strong message about our commitment to a cleaner environment, we will also state, unequivocally, that we are driven by our own green agenda out of our own concern and sensitivity about the environment."
Retaining the safety of life at sea as IMO's principal objective. In this respect, he highlighted the importance of work to "further progress the 'goal-based standard' concept, in anticipation of the beneficial impact it will certainly have, among other things, on overseeing the performance of recognized organizations. Apace with that, we should seek progress on the comprehensive review of the STCW Convention and on all matters pertaining to seafarer safety."
Continuing to address maritime security. This was an issue, he said, that "allows for no complacency in the prevention and suppression of unlawful acts (including piracy and armed robbery against ships) that may cost dearly in terms of human lives, property and the environment." At the same time, efforts would continue to bring the LRIT system to successful fruition.
Consolidating and further promoting the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme, which, Mitropoulos emphasized, "has had a very successful initial implementation phase during the current biennium."
Giving emphasis, he said, in line with the Organization's Strategic Plan and High-level Action Plan, to IMO's "ongoing efforts in areas such as the safety of non-Convention ships; the outcome of marine accident investigations; the role of the human element; improving the port State control non-compliance rate by promoting greater efforts by all parties in the chain of responsibility; and promoting and raising the profile, environmental consciousness and, thus, the quality of international shipping."
Continuing "to support fully," he concluded, "those entrusted by the Membership to lead the Organization's various bodies; and also for the Secretariat, who spare no effort to provide sound advice and assistance."
Appealing to members to continue working together, Secretary-General Mitropoulos expressed confidence in IMO succeeding in its efforts to respond to the expectations of the maritime community and, thus, ensuring that the Organization would remain relevant now and in the future.


Updated : 2021-04-20 07:01 GMT+08:00