Marine Log

January 8, 2007

IMO Secretariat sets up Security Sub-Division

Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established a new sub-division within the UN agency's Maritime Safety Division to reinforce the high priority given by the Organization to maritime security.

The new sub-division will provide a stronger focus on security matters and will address the complementary issue of facilitation of maritime traffic, under the leadership of Mr. Nicolaos Charalambous of Cyprus, who becomes Deputy Director.

Announcing the forming of the new sub-division, Mr. Mitropoulos said it reflected the continuing need for IMO, and the maritime world as a whole, to sustain efforts to enhance and improve levels of ship and port security while facilitating the innocent movement of people and goods by ships.

In other organizational moves at IMO, Mr. Miguel Palomares of Spain has stepped up to become Director of the SecretariatÕs Marine Environment Division following the retirement of Mr. Jean-Claude Sainlos. Mr. Stefan Micallef of Malta becomes Deputy Director of the Environment Division and Head of its Sub-Division for Pollution Response and Technical Cooperation Coordination.