At its 121st IMO Council held in London, 40 IMO member states on the ruling council voted unanimously South Korean Lim Ki-tack to continue his second four-year term as IMO secretary-general.


His current four-year tenure was scheduled to end in 2019, and the 62-year-old will now be in his post until 2023.

Lim was formerly president of Busan Port Authority prior to his IMO post, overseeing port facilities in South Korea's second-largest city. His career portfolio included also government-related experiences as commissioner of Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal and director-general of Maritime Safety Policy Bureau, as well as IMO-related international experiences as chairman-elect of PSC Committee in Tokyo, president of IMO’s Maritime Attache Club in London, and chairman of IMO’s Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee.

Throughout his first four-year tenure as IMO secretary-general, the IMO produced a strategic plan for the six-year period of 2018 to 2023, with a focus on smart and eco-friendly shipping, as well as the implementation of IMO 2020 sulphur capballast water management, the Polar Code and 2050 decarbonization strategy.