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International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Chief Bids Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

9th September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) secretary general Kitack Lim during an event in 2018 in London to mark the IMO's 70th anniversary. The British monarch in 1983 opened in the UK capital, a new building of the IMO on the Albert Embankment along the south bank of the River Thames. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships.
Queen Elizabeth II and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) secretary general Kitack Lim during an event in 2018 in London to mark the IMO's 70th anniversary. The British monarch in 1983 opened in the UK capital, a new building of the IMO on the Albert Embankment along the south bank of the River Thames. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships. Credit: Tradewinds/twitter

The secretary general of the International Maritime Organisation, Kitack Lim joined the chorus of international tributes flowing in for Queen Elizabeth II, who died yesterday (Thursday, 8th September) at 96.

“Her genuine interest in shipping and maritime matters was remarkable,” Lim said in a statement.

Queen Elizabeth II was married for 74 years to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was trained in the Royal Navy and served with distinction in several theatres of World War II.

The UK being the host country of the IMO, Lim said he had “the immense honour and privilege” to meet Elizabeth in person during her long reign.

The IMO held its first meeting in London in 1959 at Church House in central London. In 1983, it was the Queen herself who inaugurated the new IMO headquarters at Albert Embankment on the south bank of the Thames.

Prince Philip had laid the building’s foundation stone four years before.

For more Tradewinds reports on the response of the IMO which is a United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships.

The IMO has 175 Member States in which Afloat adds the UK became a member in 1949 and Ireland joined two years later in 1951.

In addition the organization has three Associate Members.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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