The International Maritime Prize for 2020 will be awarded to Mr. Paul Sadler, former representative of the government of the UK to IMO and of IACS, IMO announced.
he International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organization, judged to have made a significant contribution to the work and objectives of the Organization. It consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin and includes a financial award, upon submission of an academic paper written on a subject relevant to IMO.
Mr. Paul Sadler began a career in maritime following his graduation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding.
Except for being former representative of the Government of the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the IMO, Mr. Sadler also represented the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at IMO meetings and served as a governor of the World Maritime University (WMU) for ten years.
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Mr. Sadler represented the UK Government at IMO from 1998 to 2007, playing a key role in bulk carrier safety and being involved in major IMO initiatives on passenger ship safety, the casualty investigation code, accelerating the phase-out of single-hull tankers, and the development of energy efficiency requirements which would later be adopted as chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.
As IACS representative, from 2007 to 2019, Mr. Sadler oversaw IACS work on major initiatives such as goal-based standards, the development of the Code for Recognized Organizations, the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) Code and the IMO energy efficiency requirements.
The Prize will be presented to Mr. Sadler at an awards ceremony to be scheduled by the Secretary-General.