2024 Message from IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez


Hello, my name is Arsenio Dominguez. And it’s this time of the year when we look back in reflection and excitement of the things that we have done, the things that we could have done, and the things that we’re yet to do.

Here at IMO, we have a great trajectory of successes. But of course, we can always do more. I don’t need to tell you how vital the shipping industry is for the world. And IMO has done much to support its member states, seafarers, the industry and everyone who lives on the planet.

For example, during the COVID pandemic, we supported hundreds of individual cases of seafarers, we have greatly reduced accidents on ships in comparison to the 1990s. With a global sulphur cap introduction in 2020, we greatly increase air quality, and now we have a trajectory for the decarbonisation of the industry.

As the 10th Secretary General, I welcome you to join us in an era of progression of the organisation, one that leads by example and with higher values from inclusion, diversity, and transparency. I look forward to working with you for the years to come into a new and exciting era to make this maritime sector a much better one.

Thank you.