In the voting to take place for the post of Secretary General of IMO, Andreas Nordseth is perceived to be a strong contender.
In an interview, Andreas Nordseth said “IMO must remain the global focal point for maritime regulation”. His vision is that “IMO must continue to play a pivotal role in securing a sustainable shipping industry – not only environmentally, but also economically and socially via international cooperation and common solutions”.
The five key areas of challenges that Andreas Nordseth feels that the he would want to address are:
First, Safety and Security: a continuous vigilance and focus on safety for ships, seafarers and passengers. A global and unified fight against piracy.
Secondly, Newer Technologies and efficient administration: with a focus on reducing administrative burden to ensure congenial conditions for ship owners and seafarers for positive growth without compromise in safety and quality.
Thirdly, Seafarers: To uphold and upgrade standards of the training and education that ensure quality seafarers as well as a stronger focus on better working conditions, safety and social conditions for seafarers.
Fourthly, Environment: Efforts to learn and implement fully sustainable solutions that are economically viable. This can be achieved through regulations at the forefront of technology.
Fifth, Technical Cooperation: In order to implement and enforce all IMO standards and regulations, the organization must facilitate cooperation so that needs of the member states and especially, from developing countries are met.
In conclusion, Nordseth said “The time is ripe to focus on the smooth practical implementation be it for the member states’ administration, the industry as a whole or the seafarers”.
Other candidates running for the secretary – general position at IMO are Mr.Lim Ki-tack from Korea, Mr. Vitaly Klyuev from Russia, Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou from Cyprus and Mr. Juvenal Shiundu from Kenya.