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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


IMO’s William O’Neil this week unveiled the grand statue outside the IMO Headquarters in London constructed as the International Seafarers Memorial. This was seen as the pinnacle of World Maritime Day and brought together a host of major names in the industry to watch displays by the London Fire Brigade and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and specifically to remember all those seafarers who have lost their lives at sea.

With the flags of all nations represented at the IMO flying from the building and the 30 foot high bow section of a bronze bulker sailing out of it, the IMO Headquarters took on the grandeur which the occasion demanded. Mr John Prescott, the UK Deputy Prime Minister, spoke of his own 10-year career in the merchant navy and expressed his respect for the work of the IMO in enhancing safety at sea. He was joined by Mr Chris Horrocks of ICS, David Cockroft of ITF and the Rev. Canon Bill Christianson, Secretary-General for the Mission to Seafarers. The speeches were followed by a reception in the IMO building attended by over 350 guests. INTERTANKO was represented by Tim Wilkins and Anders Baardvik from the London office.