Toward a Decarbonized Future: IMO Assembly Charts Course for Maritime Industry

Secretary General Kitack Lim Highlights Key Milestones and Future Initiatives in Addressing Climate and Digitalization Challenges.

Secretary General Kitack Lim celebrated the 75th anniversary of the IMO during his opening remarks. Credit: International Maritime Organisation

The 33rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Assembly was inaugurated by the Secretary General, Kitack Lim, who addressed the assembly with a focused discourse on the organization’s concerted efforts in aiding the maritime industry’s recovery from the pandemic while concurrently advancing climate policies. Lim, who will relinquish his role during the assembly, emphasized the imperative shift toward crafting a decarbonized and digitized future in the forthcoming biennium.

Lim underscored the profound transformation required, stating, “Looking forward to the next biennium, there is significant work ahead, driven by the imperative to decarbonize and digitalize shipping. Throughout centuries, the shipping industry has adeptly navigated transitions. IMO’s pivotal role lies in safeguarding this process, ensuring the protection of seafarers, ships, and the well-being of our oceans and planet.”

The assembly, spanning just over a week until December 6, congregates the IMO’s 175 member states at its headquarters in the United Kingdom. The primary agenda includes the adoption of new resolutions and treaty amendments, approval of the agency’s work program, and the election of a new council and secretary general.

In addition to outlining future directions, Lim highlighted the IMO’s accomplishments over the preceding two years. These milestones encompass the adoption of a modernized Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, the formulation of the 2023 Strategy on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships, and the ratification of the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling.

As the maritime sector faces unprecedented challenges, the assembly serves as a pivotal forum for international collaboration and strategic planning. The assembly’s deliberations will shape the trajectory of the maritime industry, steering it towards a sustainable and technologically advanced future.

Secretary General Kitack Lim celebrated the 75th anniversary of the IMO during his opening remarks. Credit: International Maritime Organisation

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