Korea’s Lim Ki-tack elected as IMO secretary-general

Athens: South Korea’s Lim Ki-tack, president of the Busan Port Authority, has been elected secretary-general of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The runner-up in the election was Denmark’s Andreas Nordseth.

In an interview with Maritime CEO in May, Lim said he has four main aims for his tenure in the IMO hotseat. First, he wants to see a significant increase in the technical cooperation fund for enhanced capacity building.

Next, he said he would promote the existence of IMO on the world stage and, thirdly, would look to create an efficient and productive secretariat.

Finally, Lim said he will devote significant efforts to minimise the ‘human error’ that is responsible for 90% of the cause of marine accidents, he says.

Lim is an experienced seafarer, having served as a naval officer and is a qualified master mariner. He is a graduate of both Korea Maritime University and the World Maritime University.

He has 30 years’ experience as a public official within the maritime industry, having held administrative positions in policymaking for fisheries, shipping, seafaring and port management.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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