Kitack Lim re-elected as IMO secretary-general

Kitack Lim. Credit: Getty Images
Kitack Lim. Credit: Getty Images

Kitack Lim has been re-elected as secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization.

His second term will start on 1 January 2020, subject to the approval of the IMO Assembly in December 2019.

Before being elected as IMO secretary-general in 2015, Lim was chairman of Busan Port Authority, overseeing the South Korean port’s rise as the transhipment hub of northeast Asia.

Since taking up the reins at the IMO, Lim has pushed ahead with the execution of the global sulphur cap in 2020. His re-election means he will have to make an effort to persuade shipowners to comply with the regulations, which aim to reduce carbon emissions in shipping.

Shipowners have expressed concern about fuel costs and quality post-2020.

No other candidates stood for election for the IMO’s top job and Lim had the support of the 40 countries that are members of the IMO’s steering council.

Member countries include the US, China, Norway, and the UK.