MARINA Chief to compete in IMO election

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Chief administrator of MARINA, Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., is a contender for the top post of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations body governing the global shipping industry.

Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., is the current chief administrator of MARINA – the Philippine’s Maritime Industry Authority.  He is being nominated as a candidate for the IMO election which is all set to choose its next secretary general .

Mejia, who is one of the six contestants in the election, started his career at the age of 19 as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.  Later he served as a commissioned officer for the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard.  He then served as a deputy executive director and a professor at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden before heading MARINA.  He has been chosen for taking up the prime responsibility of securing the country’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) compliance.

The elections are being held at IMO headquarters in London today.  The office of an IMO Secretary General lasts for four years and one reelection is allowed.

“Filipinos are the preferred seafarers worldwide because they are competent, hardworking and trustworthy.  It would bring great pride and honor to the country for a Filipino to head the IMO” Says, Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya the Transportation Secretary.

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