Joe Angelo Felicitated by IMO


  • IMO’s prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2018 is to be awarded to Mr. Joseph J. Angelo for providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.
  • The Prize will be presented to Angelo during the annual IMO Awards ceremony, which this year will be held on November 25, 2019.

According to an article published in MarineLink, the International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded to a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive, Joseph J. Angelo.

Constructive and collaborative work

The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (15-19 July) decided to award the Prize to Mr. Angelo, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the work and objectives of IMO and to the international maritime community as a whole.

Mr. Angelo was nominated by the US Government and INTERTANKO for his constructive and collaborative work with all stakeholders.

He was active in a number of IMO bodies, most notably the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

He first attended the MEPC’s 13th session in 1980 and attended every session since, up to and including MEPC 73 in 2018.


The US Government said Mr. Angelo was referred to as “IMO Joe“, in recognition of the respect held by all for the knowledge, skill and cooperation he freely offered.

He respected the Organization and believed in its enduring mission, recognizing that the success of IMO rested not on the accomplishments of a few, but on the accomplishments of everyone.

Coast Guard to Head of INTERTANKO

Angelo graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in 1971.

After a short stint in the U.S. Navy, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a civilian in 1977, rising to become a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1992.

He retired from the USCG in 2005 and joined INTERTANKO to manage their Americas operation, becoming Acting and later Deputy Managing Director, while being responsible for INTERTANKO’s engagement at IMO.

He was Head of the U.S. delegation to MEPC from 1993 to 2004. From 2005 to 2019, he attended MEPC as Head of the INTERTANKO delegation. He chaired numerous important working groups.

Maritime Safety Committee

Angelo was also active in the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), first attending in 1982 (MSC 49), leading the U.S. delegation in the Working Group on Harmonized System for Survey and Certification.

In 2003, Mr. Angelo chaired MSC 77 – which agreed to develop goal-based ship new construction standards, a key safety initiative.

A number of other IMO fora saw Mr. Angelo lead the U.S. delegation, including the Bulk Cargoes (BC) Sub-Committee, which he chaired for a number of sessions.

Head of the U.S. delegation

He was Alternate or Head of the U.S. delegation for a number of IMO conferences, including those adopting the 1988 SOLAS and Load Lines protocols; the 1997 Protocol to the MARPOL Convention, and the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, to name a few.

As a U.S. delegate, Mr. Angelo also provided leadership on the adoption of the mandatory reporting system to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, the Code of good practice and key elements of Y2K contingency plans for ships and others.

Director of Regulatory Affairs

On retiring from the USCG, Angelo joined INTERTANKO as Director of Regulatory Affairs, coordinating the association’s work at IMO until his retirement in 2018.

For INTERTANKO, Mr. Angelo was renowned for driving the development of regulatory solutions acceptable and beneficial to IMO as the key UN body for shipping, its key committees and its Member States as stakeholders in international shipping.

IMO Awards ceremony

The Prize will be presented to Angelo during the annual IMO Awards ceremony, which this year will be held on November 25, 2019, on the evening of the first day of the IMO Assembly’s 31st session.

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Source: Marinelink




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