International Maritime Prize goes to Ian Williams of Australia
prestigious International Maritime Prize for 1999 was today (27 September) awarded
to Mr. Ian Mills Williams, former Manager for IMO Relations at the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Mr. William A. ONeil, Secretary-General
of the International Maritime Organization, presented the prize to Mr. Williams
during a special ceremony at IMO's London headquarters.
The International 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 84th session of the IMO Council in
June took the decision to award the prize to Mr. Williams in recognition
of his long service to the cause of maritime safety.
In particular, Mr. Williams has made a valuable contribution to saving seafarers'
lives through improved safety measures for bulk carriers. He was co-ordinator
of the MSC Intersessional Correspondence Group on Safety of Bulk Carriers in
1995 and 1996 and Chairman of the Working Group on Safety of Bulk Carriers from
1995 to 1998.
Mr. Williams was a key participant in the 1997 International Convention for
the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Diplomatic Conference, which adopted the new
Chapter XII to the SOLAS on Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers.
Mr. Williams was also an active member of the Panel of Experts selected by IMO
to examine and make recommendations on passenger ro-ro ferry safety following
the Estonia sinking in September 1994. Mr. Williams first represented
Australia at IMO's 14th Assembly in 1985 and became involved with
the work of the Maritime Safety Committee in 1988. He chaired the Sub-Committee
on Ship Design and Equipment from 1994 until March 1999 - following his retirement
from AMSA in September 1998.
The International Maritime Prize consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin
and includes a financial award and. 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
Previous winners of the prize in recent years include: the International Lifeboat
Federation (ILF) (awarded prize for 1998); Dr. Gamal El-Din A. Mokhtar of Egypt,
President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport
(1997); Mr. Torkild Reedtz Funder of Denmark, former director-general of the
Danish Maritime Authority (1996); and Mr. Georgy Ivanov, Permanent
Representative of the Russian Federation to IMO (1995).