IMO pays tribute to former head of Public Information Services

The International Maritime Organization has paid tribute to its former head of Publication Information Services, Lee Adamson, who died on Sunday, aged 62.

Mr Adamson, a familiar figure in the industry, had spent 20 years with the IMO before taking early retirement last year.

From a strong background in maritime journalism and maritime publishing, when he joined in 2000, he headed a small team of three in the ‘Information Office’ as it was then known. Over two decades, media and communications and the public face of IMO has been transformed and the team has expanded to six.

Under Mr Adamson’s leadership of the renamed “Public Information Services”, IMO embraced the digital age, producing videos in-house, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers on social media platforms and building the trilingual IMO website.

Paying tribute, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, said: “Lee was committed to the ideals of the United Nations and to raising the profile of IMO, its regulatory work and its many different projects.

“A lasting legacy can be seen in Lee’s documentary style presenting on several videos on IMO’s YouTube channel – from protecting polar regions, filmed in Antarctica, to improving energy efficiency in the ports and shipping sectors in the Solomon Islands.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. “