Positional changes at IMO Secretariat

press release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu

After taking office on 1 January 2012, the IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu today announced a number of changes in the structure of the IMO Secretariat.

 

Mr. Sekimizu said: “The biggest challenge I see in the coming years, in terms of management of the Organization, is how to improve the ‘delivery mechanism’ in the Secretariat to address the demanding issues we face, such as anti-piracy measures, the introduction of the mandatory Member State Audit Scheme and our ever-increasing workload. To address this will require effective human resource deployment and redeployment, the creation of new ways of handling our work and improvements to our working methods.  It will also require close co-operation between the Secretariat and Member Governments.”

 

In order to meet the future challenges, Mr. Sekimizu transferred Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Andrew Winbow, from the Administrative Division to the Maritime Safety Division, as its Director. Mr. Sekimizu further transferred Mr. Jo Espinoza-Ferrey from the Marine Environment Division to head the Administrative Division as its Director, and consequentially promoted Mr. Stefan Micallef to the post of Director of the Marine Environment Division.

 

To ensure that the Organization makes further progress dealing with piracy, Mr. Sekimizu appointed Mr. Hartmut Hesse as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Programmes. Mr. Hesse will be taking responsibility for the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct and will also act as the IMO representative to conferences and meetings dealing with piracy issues.

 

In order to prepare for the successful introduction of the mandatory Member State Audit Scheme and to provide ample resources for these activities, Mr. Sekimizu has reorganized the Sub-Division for Implementation and Coordination of the Maritime Safety Division into a Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support in the Maritime Safety Division. Mr Laurence Barchue was appointed as Head of the new Department.
 

Finally, the Secretary-General also decided to strengthen the functions dealing with internal audit and matters of ethics and appointed Mr. K-R. Min as the Senior Deputy Director in charge of the Internal Oversight and Ethics Office.
The changes announced also results in a changed composition of the Senior Management Committee which aims to provide the leadership necessary for a revitalized and forward-looking Organization, as indicated below:

 

Secretary-General

  • Assistant Secretary-General/Director, Maritime Safety Division, A. Winbow
  • Assistant Secretary-General/Director, Legal and External Relations Division, R. Balkin
  • Director, Conference Division, O. O’Neil
  • Director, Technical Cooperation Division, J. Zhu
  • Director, Administrative Division, J. Espinoza Ferrey
  • Director, Marine Environment Division, S. Micallef
  • Special Adviser on Environmental Protection Standards, D. Du
  • Head, Department of Member State Audit and Implementation Support, L. Barchue
  • Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Programmes, H. Hesse
  • Senior Deputy Director, Internal Oversight and Ethics Office, K-R. Min
  • Head, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, J. Thompson
  • Head, Policy and Planning Unit, J. Loldrup

 

IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.


People & Company News

MN100: Pacific Power Group

The Company: Established in 1958, Pacific Power Group has been a trusted partner for the marine power needs of the Western U.S. for more than 50 years. PPG provides

3sun CEO Chairs Offshore Wind SIG

3sun Group, specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, is reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the offshore wind industry with

Hanjin Shipping to File for Court Receivership

South Korea’s biggest container shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co has decided to apply for court receivership after lenders halted all support, says a report in Bloomberg.

Environmental

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Continues

As of August 14, Arctic sea ice extent is tracking third lowest in the satellite record, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The southern

Wärtsilä BWMS for Three Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers A/S of Denmark has selected Wärtsilä's Electro Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for three new 50,000 DWT medium range (MR)

Doing Business Differently to Meet Sustainability Targets: DNV GL

Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce environmental footprint at the same time as the industry is under significant cost pressure.    Since

Maritime Security

North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and

White House: Iranian Ships' Actions in Gulf Increase Risk of Miscalculation

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday.

Maritime Safety

Wounded Lobsterman Medevaced near Cape Cope

An injured lobsterman was medically evacuated by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew Tuesday roughly 130 nautical miles east of Cape Cod.   At about 10:15 a.m.,

FlameRanger Automatically Detects and Fights Fires

Unifire AB’s FlameRanger is a first-of-its-kind robotic nozzle system which automatically detects and extinguishes fires for fixed installations, indoors and outdoors,

DNV GL Launches New Approach to Manage Uncertainty in Risk Assessment

There is increasing emphasis from regulators on addressing uncertainty in risk assessments to improve safety. DNV GL’s new paper, ‘Enabling confidence – addressing uncertainty in risk assessments’,

Government Update

Hyundai Merchant Marine to buy Hanjin's 'Good' Assets

South Korea's financial regulator said on Wednesday that Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd will seek to acquire healthy assets of troubled shipper Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd.

Hanjin files for Receivership, Ports Turn Away Vessels

Hanjin says asks court for its assets to be frozen; Hyundai Merchant looking to buy Hanjin's "good" assets. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd filed for court

Hanjin Shipping to File for Court Receivership

South Korea’s biggest container shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co has decided to apply for court receivership after lenders halted all support, says a report in Bloomberg.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1031 sec (10 req/sec)