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In hopes of raising wider public awareness on the crucial role of modern day shipping, IMO secretary-general Lim Ki-tack steered away from his usual regulation talks for a moment and instead highlighted the importance of maritime heritage for the ultimate goal of securing a sustainable future.

South Korean Lim Ki-tack has won a unanimous vote from the 40 IMO member states on the ruling council to continue his second four-year term as IMO secretary-general.

IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has been moved to issue a statement reiterating that the International Maritime Organization is a transparent and inclusive body, which has been working for decades to reduce harmful air emissions from ships.

Peter Thomson, Fiji Ambassador and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, has stressed the urgent need to address the adverse effects of human activity on the 70% of the world’s surface made up of water, in a visit to the IMO.

Belgium has become the 48th nation to sign the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the total amount of entered tonnage to 34.82%, tantalisingly short of the 35% required for it to enter into force.

Kitack Lim of South Korea has issued a message outlining his priorities as incoming secretary -general of the International Maritime Organization, a post he assumed on January 1 following endorsement of his mid-2015 election by member states at the IMO Assembly in November.

The news that Lim Ki-tack had been elected by the IMO Council to be the UN body’s new secretary-general will have come as a surprise to many.