IMO chairman elected

by Canadian Shipper

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has elected Chen Tze Penn, director general of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), as chairman of the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. Chen’s previous position was in the Ministry of Communications and he has been director general of MPA since 1996.

Singapore was re-elected to the council during the 22nd session of the IMO Assembly on November 23.

Chen’s nomination was proposed by the PRC and seconded by the UK and Canada. After 29 council members spoke in support of Mr Chen, he was elected by acclamation, reports schednet.com.
The IMO, a specialised agency of the UN responsible for maritime safety and prevention of marine pollution from ships, holds an assembly every two years. Election of the chairman is by the council members and the tenure of the chairmanship is two years. The IMO is currently undergoing a major organisational review and Chen will carry the responsibility of leading and implementing organisational and financial reforms in the IMO systems and processes over the next two years.

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