Ki-tack Lim from the Republic of Korea has been elected as the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1, 2016, for an initial term of four years, the IMO announced.
The current president of Busan Port Authority, Lim has served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.
Lim majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for Sanko Shipping Co. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration with a major in navigation at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. Since 1995 he has attended a doctoral program for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998.
Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the delegation from the Republic of Korea in 1986, actively participating in maritime safety and environmental protection issues. From 1992, he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chairman of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004.
In 2006, Lim was appointed as Maritime Attaché, minister-counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009.
Lim was then appointed as Director General for Maritime Safety Policy Bureau at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). He led the delegation of the Republic of Korea to the IMO Assembly
In March 2011, Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST), and in July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority.
The vote for IMO Secretary General took place during the 114th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which is meeting from June 29 to July 3, 2015. The decision of the Council will be submitted for approval to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 29th session from November23 to December 2, 2015.
The other candidates for the post were Andreas Chrysostomou, Republic of Cyprus; Vitaly Klyuev, Russian Federation; Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., Republic of the Philippines; Andreas Nordseth, Kingdom of Denmark; and Juvenal Shiundu, Republic of Kenya.