International Maritime Prize for 2004 presented to Mr. Luis Martínez (Mexico)
prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2004 has been presented to Mr. Luis
Martínez of Mexico, who has spent a lifetime in high profile positions
in the maritime sector and is currently a fishing vessel owner.
E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization,
presented the prize to Mr. Martínez during a special ceremony (on Thursday,
17 November) at IMO's London Headquarters during the Organization's 23rd Extraordinary
Council session, which precedes the Organization's 24th Assembly, to be held from
21 November to 2 December.
Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organization judged
to have made the most significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO.
The 94th session of the IMO Council in June took the decision to award the prize
to Mr. Martínez in recognition of his long service to the cause of maritime
safety and the protection of the marine environment.
ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Mr. Juan José Bremer CVO,
Ambassador of Mexico in London; Mr. Tomas Lozano y Pardinas, Director General
of the Merchant Marine of Mexico; Mr. Martínez' wife and family, as well
as by delegations to the IMO Council and IMO staff.
Co-operation with Mexico
Following the prize giving, the Director-General of the Merchant Marine of Mexico,
Mr. Tomas Lozano y Pardinas, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the
Directorate-General for the Merchant Marine (DGMM) of the Ministry of Communications
and Transport, United Mexican States, and the International Maritime Organization,
the objective of which is to formalize the close co-operation that exists between
the Parties in the performance of technical assistance activities for Latin
American countries, within the Organization's field of competence.
of a model offshore storage unit
Also during the occasion, the Ambassador of Mexico, Mr. Bremer, presented a
model offshore storage unit to the IMO Secretary-General, on behalf of the Government
Mr. Luis Martínez
has spent a lifetime in high-profile positions contributing in the maritime
sector and is currently a fishing vessel owner.
The professional career of Mr Luis Martinez has been spent in various maritime
pursuits: merchant seafarer, general adviser and valuation expert in the fishing
industry and boatbuilding. He has also been an inspector for classification
societies, including Bureau Veritas and Det Norske Veritas. Mr. Martínez
has worked as a private shipping agent in Mexico and Panama, as a customs agent
and as an adviser on maritime safety and evaluation.
years, his innovative mind has led to his registering patents on a number of
inventions. He has a passion for technology and is currently designing a wastewater
treatment process known as the "homothalassic process", in which the
oceans are protected by the use of the seawater itself as a re-agent.
with the maritime industry began with his service as an officer and chief engineer
on Mexican ships from 1952 to 1957. He then broadened his experience by becoming
chief maintenance and service engineer at a chemical plant producing fertilizers,
before becoming management consultant to the National Co-operative Development
Bank, with responsibility for formulating and evaluating projects for submission
to the President's Office. Later he was involved in the design and construction
of various types of industrial plants and fishing vessels.
He has travelled
extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia for work and study purposes
relating to sea fishing, marketing and research. He has lectured at numerous
meetings, drawing on his career as a merchant seafarer, on ecological and other
matters of a commercial or political nature. He has lectured on marine and environmental
matters at five universities, as well as serving as director of an oceanographic
research programme in the Mexican Pacific, concerned with the potential of bathypelagic
and deep-sea species.
ago, in co-operation with Greenpeace and the Oaxaca State Nature Conservation
Board, he was co-organizer of a meeting on the theme "Let's save the Papaloapan
Basin", which attracted speakers from all over Mexico. He is Professor
for postgraduate courses at the Fernando Siliceo Merchant Navy Academy in Veracruz
port, and for courses concerned with classification society inspector qualifications.
is currently an adviser to the Mexican Senate on maritime affairs, ecology and
legislative research. He is a member, director and former president of the Veracruz
College of Merchant Seafarers; and he is also President of the National Maritime
Alliance and of the "Vida Plena, Ecología Controlada" group
standing for "Full life, controlled ecology".
In his wide
range of interests outside the maritime sphere, he serves as chairman of the
board of directors of the Union of Co-operative Societies for Diverse Occupations
in the State of Veracruz Llave and as a member of the supervisory board of the
National Confederation of Co operative Societies for Diverse Occupations.
He is a columnist
for the "Excélsior" national daily newspaper and for the "Milenio
El Portal" regional daily newspaper. He works closely with Greenpeace Mexico
and is an adviser to the Indigenous Council of Uxpanapa.
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.
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.
Winners of the prize since 2000:
Mr. Luis Martínez (Mexico)
Mr William O'Neil (Canada)
Mr. Frank Wall (United Kingdom)
Mr. Giuliano Pattofatto (Italy) (posthumously)
Mr. Heikki Juhani Valkonen (Finland)
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