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International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Photo of IMO SecretarypGeneral Kitack Lim at launch of Maritime Techonology Cooperation Centre for Asia, in 2017

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

  • Established as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) in 1948; became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1959; renamed International Maritime Organization in 1982.
  • Relationship Agreement with the UN (1959)
  • Governing Bodies
    • IMO Assembly
      • All IMO Member States
      • Meets every two years
    • IMO Council
      • 40 members
  • Legal texts
  • Maritime Knowledge Centre
  • IMODOCS
  • Secretaries-General
    • 2016- : Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea)
    • 2004-2015: Efthimios Mitropoulos (Greece)
    • 1990- 2003: William A. O'Neil (Canada)
    • 1974-1989: Chandrika Prasad Srivasatava (India)
    • 1968-1973: Colin Goad (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
    • 1963-1967: Jean Roullier (France)
    • 1961-1962: William Graham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) (acting)
    • 1959-1961: Ove Nielsen (Denmark)