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IMO sec-gen Lim Ki-tack talks up importance of maritime heritage

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.

Speaking at the inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage held in Singapore this week, Lim reminded that it is important to connect with the past in order to see the way towards the future.

“Since man first took to the waters in boats, society has depended on shipping for food, transportation and energy,” Lim said.

“As IMO secretary-general, heritage is not something I am always asked to speak about. But the connectivity element of maritime heritage seems particularly important. We can use maritime heritage to improve people’s awareness and understanding of their reliance on modern shipping,” he said.

Lim noted that in the present day, trade has evolved to the point where almost no nation can be fully self-sufficient.

“Global trade by ships mean people from all over the world are interconnected and interdependent. The benefits are clear. Growth can be accelerated and prosperity be made more widespread; skills and technology can be more equally dispersed,” Lim said.

Read more: IMO sec-gen calls on all maritime industry sectors to be involved meeting GHG emission targets

Terry Garcia, chairman of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage, commented: “The world today is a legacy of our maritime heritage. The first World Congress on Maritime Heritage provides an unprecedented opportunity to re-discover our past through the lens of our shared maritime heritage and examine how the factors that affected the past can inform the future.”

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