Captain Luis Díaz-Monclus (Venezuela) elected Chairman of IMO Council
Council 91st Session: 5 December 2003
The IMO Council, at its 91st session on 5th December 2003, elected Captain Luis Díaz-Monclus from Venezuela as Chairman. The Vice-Chairman, Mr. Johan Franson from Sweden was re-elected.
Captain Díaz-Monclus is Managing Director, Control of Shipping & Search and Rescue (SAR), Venezuelan Maritime Authority, and has a long association with IMO.
As Permanent Representative of Venezuela to IMO - based in London - from 1997-2000, Captain Díaz-Monclus attended all IMO Sub Committee, Committee meetings, Council and Assemblies. He was also Chairman and Vice-Chairman of GRULAC (Group of Delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean Countries) from 1998-2000. In addition, he was a Member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (1998-2000).
In 2003, he was
Vice-Chairman (Committee of the Whole) of the Diplomatic Conference on the establishment
of a supplementary fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage and in 2002
Vice-Chairman of the International Co-operation on Preparedness and Response
to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS-OPRC Conference).
Captain Díaz is a naval officer who graduated from the Naval Academy of Venezuela where he also obtained his Bachelors Degree in Naval Sciences. In 1988, he obtained a Masters Degree in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. In 1990, he obtained a Masters Degree from the Central University of Venezuela.
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.
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