‘Lim Ki-Tack’ The New IMO Secretary-General


Mr. Lim Ki-tack, who is the President of the Busan Port Authority in South Korea, has been elected as the Secretary-General of the IMO.  Lim is all set to begin his four year term from January 1, 2016, replacing Mr.Koji Sekimizu​​​​​​ – the IMO Secretary-General.

A Decision was made after a fifth round of secret ballot voting of the 40-member IMO council at the IMO’s HQ, London.

Lim defeated the remaining five candidates who ran for the position along with him from various countries namely Cyprus, Russia, Philippines, Denmark and Kenya.  It is to be noted that Lim is the first South Korean candidate to win the election.

Mr. Lim Ki-tack – Accolades and Footprints:


Lim holds a

  1. Bachelor’s degree in nautical science,
  2. Two Master’s degree in business administration and maritime administration,
  3. Graduate coursework in international law at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University.


Lim has spent nearly four decades working in the maritime sector.

  1. He served as a commercial mariner for Sanko Shipping Co. and as a Korean naval officer.
  2. He joined the Maritime Port Administration in 1985, while pursuing post-graduate studies.
  3. He was named the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.
  4. Lim served a three-year tenure as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the IMO starting in 2006.
  5. Lim was subsequently named Director General for Maritime Safety Policy Bureau at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and appointed to the role of Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST).

In July of 2012 he assumed his current position as the President of Busan Port Authority.  The newly appointed Secretary-General says he plans to expand Korea′s role in the international maritime realm and foster healthy growth in the marine industry, while building up Korea′s global reputation in the field.

We wish Mr. Lim Ki-tack a great success on his new Role.