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Lim Ki-tack wins second term as IMO secretary-general

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.

Lim, who assumed the post of IMO secretary-general starting 2016, will see his current four-year tenure end in 2019. But he will now remain on as IMO chief until 2023 with a new term starting 2020.

Lim was formerly president of Busan Port Authority prior to his IMO post.

His career portfolio included government-related experiences as commissioner of Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal and director-general of Maritime Safety Policy Bureau, as well as IMO-related international experiences as chairman-elect of PSC Committee in Tokyo, president of IMO’s Maritime Attache Club in London, and chairman of IMO’s Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee.


During his first four-year term as IMO secretary-general, Lim produced a strategic plan for the six-year period of 2018-2023 with a focus on smart and eco-friendly shipping, as well as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

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