New IMO boss calls for ‘strengthened partnerships’

The new secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Lim Kitack, has called for “strengthened partnerships” in his inaugural address. The Korean, who becomes the eighth IMO boss since its founding, started a four-year term at IMO in London this January 1.

“IMO currently faces an array of issues,” Lim said.

“My vision,” he added, “is one of strengthened partnerships – between developing and developed countries, between governments and industry, between IMO member states and regions.”

Lim said he would also endeavour to strengthen communication between the maritime industry and the general public.

“I see IMO acting as a bridge between all these stakeholders in what I have referred to as a voyage together,” the former Busan port boss said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Oh My God,,, this guy is just a delusional as his predecessor. I wonder will he be as ineffective and down right dangerous as well ?

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