Children’s artwork brightens up IMO headquarters

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A colourful flotilla of imaginative maritime craft is brightening the walls of the newly-refurbished offices of the International Maritime Organisation.

Local schoolchildren submitted the paintings in an art competition organised by the IMO, the London-based United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety, security and efficiency of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships.

The IMO has just returned to its newly refurbished headquarters building on London’s Albert Embankment and, as part of a series of events to mark the occasion, invited children from a nearby school in Westminster, to submit artwork depicting “shipping in the future”. IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos presented prizes to the winning entrants.

Thanking the youngsters for taking part, Mr. Mitropoulos said ”Their vision of the ships of the future – in terms of design, what they will carry, and how they will move – is fascinating and they have shown much flair and innovation. We thank and congratulate them all for their great efforts, in particular the three prize winners.

“I hope that, in this process, we have sparked in them an interest in the work and achievements of IMO and the shipping industry, and that they, and many other young people throughout the world, will grow to consider a career in the maritime sector – who knows, we may have here the genesis of a whole new generation of naval architects!”, he added.

This week saw the IMO reach a number of important milestones including hosting the 100th session of the IMO Council, the inauguration of its newly-refurbished headquarters, the commemoration of 60 years since the adoption of the IMO Convention and 50 years since that Convention entered into force, as well as marking the 25th and 20th anniversaries, respectively, of the World Maritime University and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute.

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