Efthimios E. Mitropoulos outlined his agenda for the future as the IMO Council confirmed
its support for his continuing to serve the Organization as Secretary-General for another four years.
The Council decided by acclamation to renew Mitropoulos's mandate for another four-year term, concluding on 31 December 2011, and to advise the twenty-fifth regular session of the Assembly accordingly, in conformity with Article 22 of the IMO Convention.
He also took the opportunity to thank the staff of the Organization. "
Looking to the future, Mitropoulos said that the safety of life at the sea should continue to be IMO's principal objective. In particular, he singled out the 'goal-based standard' concept, and spoke of the "beneficial impact it will certainly have."