IMO Secretary-General to address naval architect body’s prestigious Annual Dinner 


Principal Guest & Speaker at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) Annual Dinner in London this year will be IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez, himself a naval architect by training and former port engineer in his native Panama.

The black-tie event, which regularly attracts several hundred guests, will be held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on May 16. The International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) is this year’s selected charity.

After joining the Panama Maritime Authority, Mr Arsenio Dominguez later became Panama’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to IMO. In 2017, he joined IMO itself as Chief of Staff and later Director of the Administrative Division. Subsequently as Director of the Marine Environment Division (2022-23), his achievements included chairing MEPC and leading the Technical Committee during the IMO Assembly’s 25th session.

Catriona Savage, President of RINA, comments: “In my second year as President of the Institution, it gives me great pleasure to be able to host our members and distinguished guests at this event. Our refreshed and reinvigorated event in 2023 received such positive feedback that we will be revisiting the De Vere venue and I can’t think of a more relevant speaker than Arsenio Dominguez.”

Chris Boyd, Chief Executive of RINA, adds: “The 2024 Annual Dinner celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of our members and the maritime community as a whole. The evening is sure to stand as a testament to excellence, innovation, and collaboration, allowing our members to come together and enjoy our flagship that embodies the spirit of Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering.”

The RINA Annual Dinner is open to all interested parties, including members of RINA, other professional institutions, and the wider maritime industry. Registration for the event is open, and further details can be found on the RINA website.