InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, has welcomed the appointment of Ki-tack Lim of the Republic of Korea as the incoming Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation.
Speaking minutes after the announcement was made at a special vote at the UN body’s London headquarters, Kuba Szymanski (pictured), InterManager Secretary General, said the role of the IMO was never more important as it is today and the appointment of a new IMO head with the experience and knowledge that Ki-tack Lim has, was crucial to it continuing its important work.
“Today’s ship managers, whether in-house or third party, need to know that rules governing the safe operation and management of today’s ships are internationally binding and reflect the vagaries of this highly sophisticated and professional industry,” he said.
“InterManager has always been a strong supporter of the work of the IMO and has never shied away from working closely with fellow stakeholders to ensure that the right legislative framework is in place to allow shipping to grow in a safe and totally sustainable way.”
InterManager is an active Non-Governmental Organisation member of the IMO and its representative Captain Paddy McKnight is present at all important IMO meetings.