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International Maritime Prize




The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by the IMO Council to the individual or organization judged to have made the most significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO.

Winner of the 2012 International Maritime Prize

 Dr. Thomas A. Mensah receives the International Maritime Prize for 2012 from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (21 November 2013)

The IMO Council has unanimously agreed to award the International Maritime Prize for 2012 to Dr. Thomas A. Mensah of Ghana, former President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO.

The ceremony for the award of the 2012 International Maritime Prize took place on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at the end of the first day of the 27th extraordinary session of the Council  


International Maritime Prize

The International Maritime Prize consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin and includes a financial award. The winner of the annual prize is also invited to write a paper on a theme relating to the work of IMO. The paper is published in IMO's quarterly magazine, IMO News.


The prize was first awarded in 1980 and the winners have been:
2009 - Mr. Johan Franson (Sweden)
2008 - Mr. Alberto Alemán Zubieta (Panama)
2007 - Mr. Jørgen Rasmussen (Denmark)
2006 - Mr. Igor Ponomarev (Russian Federation) (posthumously) and Mr. Alfred Popp (Canada)
2005 - Dr. Tom Allan (United Kingdom)
2004 - Mr. Luis Martínez (Mexico)
2003 - Mr. William O'Neil (Canada)
2002 - Mr. Frank Wall (United Kingdom)
2001 - Mr. Giuliano Pattofatto (Italy) (posthumously)
2000 - Mr. Heikki Juhani Valkonen (Finland)
1999 - Mr. Ian Mills Williams (Australia)
1998 - International Lifeboat Federation
1997 - Dr. Gamal El-Din Ahmed Mokhtar (Egypt)
1996 - Mr. T. Funder (Denmark)
1995 - Mr. G. Ivanov (Russia)
1994 - Mr. J. Perrakis (Greece)
1993 - Admiral J. W. Kime (USA)
1992 - Mr. Y. Sasamura (Japan)
1991 - Dr. C.P. Srivastava (India)
1990 ­ Mr. Z. Sdougos (Greece)
1989 ­ Prof. J.W. Doerffer (Poland)
1988 ­ Mr. Emil Jansen (Norway)
1987 ­ Dr. James Cowley (United Kingdom)
1986 ­ Mr. Moustafa Fawzi (Egypt)
1985 ­ Mr. Per Eriksson (Sweden)
1984 ­ Mr. Shen Zhaoqi (China)
1983 ­ Mr. H.R. Bárdarson (Iceland)
1982 ­ Mr. George A. Maslov (USSR)
1981 ­ Rear­Admiral R.Y. Edwards (USA)
1980 ­ Mr. Modolv Hareide (Norway)

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