IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu appointed the first International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Ambassadors.
Their role includes :
- Promote the maritime and seafaring professions
- Raise awareness of the positive benefits of choosing a career at sea
- Showcase the benefits of other maritime occupation
- Engage and inspire young people by taking part in various events and activities
Captain Xu Zuyuan, President of the China Institute of Navigation, is the first Maritime Ambassador. The candidate is nominated by the People’s Republic of China.
Mrs. Myriam Desrosiers Senatus, a former graduate of IMO’s World Maritime University (WMU), is the second Maritime Ambassador. She was nominated by the Maritime and Navigation Service (SEMANAH) of Haiti.
Secretary-General Sekimizu congratulated both Captain Zuyuan and Mrs. Desrosiers Senatus on their appointments and welcomed them on board the new scheme.
“Through the IMO Maritime Ambassador Scheme, my intention is to help turn our collective desire to attract the best and brightest to shipping into something really tangible,” Mr Sekimizu said.
“A particular aim will be to encourage young people to consider seafaring and other maritime professions when making choices concerning their education and careers. Therefore, my hope is that, as an IMO Maritime Ambassador, you will have the chance to tell these young people how rewarding, satisfying and fulfilling the shipping world can be,” he added.
Information on the IMO Maritime Ambassador Scheme can be found here.
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