16/04/2014 Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has written to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to express his sadness at learning of the tragic accident involving the ferry Sewol earlier today (16 April 2014). Mr Sekimizu asked that his profound sympathy and compassion be conveyed to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.
IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu chaired the judging panel for the Seatrade Awards 2014
(14 April). The ceremony
included an award in support of IMO's theme for World Maritime Day 2014 ‘IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation’, won by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). IACS Chairman Mr R. Cazzulo received the award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal; Mr Sekimizu; and sponsor Mr Hui, Managing Director, China Classification Society.
IMO’s Beatrice Vormawah, Head, Technical Cooperation Implementation Coordination Section, represented IMO at the Ghana Maritime Authority’s three-day sub-regional seminar
on ship routeing and safety in navigation, Accra (7-10 April), for participants drawn from eight countries in West and Central Africa.