Yesterday, the United States awarded the Coast Guard Distinguish Public Service award to the Secretary General Koji Sekimizu of the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, and Turid Stemre from the Norwegian IMO delegation.
Sekimizu was formally recognized for his 26 years working within the IMO developing & implementing relevant international regulations in response to safety, security and environmental protection challenges emerging from the maritime transport of goods & services. His focus was on issues disrupting the efficiency and effectiveness of the global maritime transportation system. He was instrumental in developing measures to help reduce piracy and armed robbery against ships, adopting the Djibouti Code of Conduct and adopting the Polar Code and the Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-Flashpoint Fuels. He will retire as the Secretary General on December 31, 2015.
Stemre was formally recognized for her exceptional performance as the chairperson of multiple working groups at the IMO from Oct 2010 to June 2015. Stemre’s outstanding diplomatic efforts ensured the IMO adopted the Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, or the Polar Code, and the Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels.
“It was a tremendous privilege and honor to join the International Maritime Organization in recognizing two stalwarts of our international maritime community,” said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft. “I have had the great pleasure to work with both Secretary General and Chairperson Stemre in a number of capacities – all around the world – and, I can’t express enough my admiration and respect for the diplomacy and expertise they bring to our shared maritime concerns.”
“Partnership, cooperation, mediation, negotiation and ultimately success doesn’t happen by accident,” the Commandant added. “It takes great people. It takes international leaders like the Secretary General and Chairperson Stemre to bring diverse people and divergent ideas together and find consensus.”
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