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 Statement on suspected tanker attacks

​IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has condemned the suspected attacks on two tankers off the coast of Oman that occurred earlier on Thursday (13 June). 

Speaking during the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 101st session at IMO Headquarters in London, Secretary-General Lim said: 

"These suspected attacks, coupled with the attacks in the UAE last month, concern me greatly. IMO has developed a comprehensive regime of regulation through the ISPS Code and the SUA Conventions and Protocols to prevent and respond to unprovoked, unlawful attacks on merchant shipping.  

The threat to ships and their crews, peaceably going about their business, is intolerable.  I urge all Member States to redouble their efforts to work together to find a lasting solution to ensure the safety and security of international shipping around the globe and protection of the marine environment.  

I will carefully review the results of the investigations, once they are completed, to consider if additional IMO action is warranted." 

 Kitack Lim

Kitack Lim was elected Secretary-General of the Organization by the 114th session of the IMO Council in June 2015 for a four-year period beginning 1 January 2016. The election was endorsed by the IMO's Assembly at its 29th session in November 2015.

Mr. Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea) is the eighth elected Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization .

 Senior Management Committee

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The Senior Management Committee is composed of:

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Mr. Sung-Jin Kim, Head, Internal Oversight and Ethics Office; Mr. Hiroyuki Yamada, Director, Marine Environment Division; Mr. Lawrence Barchue, Assistant Secretary-General/Director, Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support; Mrs. Linda Ryan, Director, Administrative Division; Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization; Ms. Heike Deggim, Director, Maritime Safety Division; Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Chief of Staff; Ms. Ariane Gireud, Acting Director, Conference Division; Mr. Frederick Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division and Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Acting Director, Technical Cooperation Division.