University hosts leading maritime figure

The leading official at the United Nations body responsible for global safety and security in the maritime industry visited the University this term to discuss potential collaborations with University leaders.

Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), also met students and academics as part of World Maritime Day 2015, which has a theme of education and training.

Mr Sekimizu, the seventh elected Secretary-General of the London-based IMO, was given a tour of the Marine Building by Professor Martin Attrill, Director of the Marine Institute, and held talks with Interim Vice- Chancellor, Professor David Coslett, and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Professor Nikolaos Tzokas.

The IMO’s primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework to govern all matters of global shipping, including safety, environmental concerns, legal issues, technical cooperation, shipping security and piracy.

Professor Jingjing xu, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, and an expert in maritime law and economy, said: 

“It was a great honour to welcome Mr Sekimizu to Plymouth, as the IMO plays a significant role in an industry responsible for carrying around 90% of world trade. Plymouth University has helped in training the leaders of that industry over many years, and our world-leading facilities and researchers will ensure we continue to be at the forefront of global shipping education.”

Mr Koji Sekimizu, who is the seventh elected Secretary-General of the IMO, said:

It was a pleasure to visit Plymouth University, not least because of the significant maritime heritage the University builds on to continue to provide well qualified professionals to the maritime industries.