Kitack Lim is the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)



Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea) is the eighth elected Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization. Mr Lim was elected Secretary-General of the Organization by the 114th session of the IMO Council in June 2015 for a four-year period beginning 1 January 2016. The election was endorsed by the IMO's Assembly at its 29th session in November 2015.  At its 31st session (November-December 2019), the Assembly approved the renewal of Mr. Kitack Lim's appointment as Secretary-General of IMO, for a second and final term of four years (1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023).





In this fictional John Storm, ocean awareness adventure, the conversations between the characters are not real, but supposed, as being possible should events that are described, come to pass.


The UN Secretary General and IMO's Kitack Lim, are keen to find out more about the capabilities of the Elizabeth Swann craft, once they've seen the sleek trimaran in operation. As they put it, nobody could fail to be impressed. Their only concern is to scalability. Could the Swann's formula be applied to cargo ships. Could the world's shipping fleets run on green hydrogen. In view of the limited time remaining in office, it is likely that Mr Lim's future replacement will feature in this short story, and subsequent screenplays.




IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is quoted as saying:

"The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is proud to be part of the UN family.

The United Nations was founded 75 years ago on the basis of global solidarity and collaboration, to build a better world.

As we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, that spirit of cooperation, collaboration and communication amongst nations is needed more than ever.

In the maritime sector, we have been working together to try to resolve the crew change crisis facing seafarers stranded at sea. Shipping is delivering vital goods including food and medicines during the pandemic and maritime trade will be the main driver for economic recovery.

At IMO, we will continue to work to support the aims and ambitions of the sustainable development goals, in particular, to ensure sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet. We will play our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and support the battle against climate change. In conjunction with our UN sister agencies, the IMO has built an enviable record of progress to improve the safety, security and environmental performance of shipping, so vital to the world's economy. That progress will continue. 

I congratulate the United Nations on its 75th anniversary.

IMO will do all it can to support and uphold the UN values as we confront our common challenges and work together towards a better future." 



Excellencies, distinguished delegates, good morning to you all.

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to the seventh session of the Sub‑Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response. I particularly welcome those delegates who may be attending this Sub‑Committee for the first time.

Distinguished delegates,

I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about this year's World Maritime theme, which is "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet". This theme is intended to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, and showcase the work that IMO is undertaking to achieve the targets set by the SDGs.

The year 2020 will mark the beginning of a decade of action and delivery for the SDGs, not only for shipping but for the global community as a whole.

The shipping industry, supported by the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards a sustainable future through the adoption and continuous development of measures to address very important issues, such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the lower sulphur content of ships' fuel oil, the protection of the polar regions and the wider participation of women in the maritime community.

I would like to remind you that the World Maritime Day will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters on 24 September, and the annual parallel event will be organized by the Government of South Africa, in Durban, from 28 to 30 October.

Distinguished delegates,

We are now into the second month of 2020 and I am pleased to say that all indications point to a relatively smooth implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to IMO Member Governments, the shipping industry and all stakeholders, including shippers and the fuel oil supply industry, for their efforts so far and to ask for further cooperation to ensure IMO 2020 continues to be implemented properly and smoothly.

The next important target date is fast approaching, when carrying non‑compliant fuel oil on board ships becomes prohibited on 1 March 2020. I urge all shipowners, operators and masters to comply with the carriage ban, where applicable, when it comes into effect. IMO will remain vigilant and ready to respond and provide support as required.

The PPR Sub-Committee has been central to the aforementioned developments, and the hard work that all of you put in, particularly during the two previous sessions has meant that from a regulatory standpoint the necessary guidance was prepared, approved and issued in good time before 1 January 2020. 

With this, I now turn to the items on your agenda this week and I would like to highlight some of the key technical issues you will be considering.

With regard to prevention of air pollution, specifically in relation to the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI to limit sulphur oxides, you will need to finalize the draft guidelines for the verification of the sulphur content of the fuel oil carried for use on board a ship, to enable consistent implementation and enforcement of the upcoming prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil. In addition, I urge you to complete the work on the revision of the 2015 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems to enhance their uniform application in light of recent technical developments and experience gathered from approvals and operation of such systems.

On a related note, you will commence the work on evaluation and harmonization of rules and guidance on the discharge of liquid effluents from EGCS into waters, including conditions and areas, and to that end I would like to thank GESAMP for establishing a Task Team to assess the available evidence relating to the environmental effects of discharge water from exhaust gas cleaning systems. I am pleased to note that the Task Team has submitted its report to this session to assist you in your deliberations. I would like to thank the members of the Task Team, particularly the Chair, Mr. Jan Linders, for their time and commitment to delivering on the terms of reference within very tight time constraints.

Distinguished delegates,

IMO has and continues to work diligently to ensure that shipping in Arctic waters is safe and that the environmental requirements for ships are suitable for the protection of the sensitive Arctic marine environment. In this context, I look forward to seeing further progress on your deliberation on the development of measures to reduce the risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters and on reduction of the impact on the Arctic of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping.

Let me turn my attention to the subject area of marine biosafety, under which a very substantial number of proposals have been submitted at this session, covering a wide variety of topics relating to ballast water, biofouling and anti-fouling systems.

Among the most important issues before you this week under marine biosafety, I would like to highlight:

- the further consideration of the proposed amendment to Annex 1 to the AFS Convention to include controls on cybutryne;

- the revision of the guidance on commissioning testing of ballast water management systems; and the initiation of the review of the Biofouling Guidelines.

Distinguished delegates,

Your workload for this week is heavy, many of the issues under consideration are delicate, and your time is at a premium. Your newly elected Chair, Dr. Flavio da Costa Fernandes of Brazil, with the support of the Vice-Chair, Dr. Anita Mäkinen of Finland, will guide you through your challenging agenda. I am confident that they can count on your support from the floor and that you will tackle the tasks before you this week successfully, inspired by the customary IMO spirit of cooperation. You can also count on the full support of the Marine Environment Division, ably led by its Director, Mr. Hiroyuki Yamada.

Finally, as is customary, all of you are cordially invited to a cocktail reception hosted in the Delegates' Lounge this evening after the closure of today's session.

And, with your indulgence, I would like to invite Dr. Bhatt, the Organization's Medical Adviser, to share his medical expertise on the Novel Coronavirus.

Thank you.




Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for an international shipping company. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998. 

Mr. Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986 and he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chair of IMO's Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI - now III) in 2001 and of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004. 

In 2006, Mr. Lim was appointed Director General of the Maritime Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and then as a Senior Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as an Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009. Following that, he was re-appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau (MLTM).

In March 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST). In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO. 


The IMO has finally got into gear concerning atmospheric pollution from ship exhausts, but still have no hard strategy in place.








The IMO's headquarters in London on the banks of the river thames.






For this reason most fleet operators believe that they will be using modified internal combustion engines in their ships well past 2050, unless something drastic is imposed. Some have suggested an outright ban may be the only answer. See the IMO's MARPOL upgrades.










Admiral Lawrence Francis Percival 

First Sealord, British Royal Navy

Antonio Guterres

United Nations' Secretary General

Ark, The

The world's most comprehensive interactive DNA database

Benjamin Reid Blakestone RN

Submariner Commander HMS Neptune (Captain)


A digital communication interface for the human brain

Captain Nemo

AI onboard computer system

Charley Temple

Researcher & camerwoman, good friend of John Storm

CyberCore Genetica

The world's smallest, fastest & most powerful supercomputer

Dan Hawk

Electronics & computer wizard, crew member Elizabeth Swann

Dr Roberta Treadstone

Blue Shield, Newcastle University, England

Edward (Honest John) Thomas

Honest British Prime Minister, Rt Hon MP Member Parliament

Elizabeth Swann

Fastest solar/hydrogen ship & floating laboratory

Excalibur, Pendragon & Merlin

Anti piracy weapon & ship security system

George Franks

Legal and intelligence trust manager, Swindles & Gentry


The onboard AI supercomputer ship manager

Jill Bird

Senior BBC news world service anchor

John Storm

Ocean adventurer, marine archaeologist, Commander RN

Katy, Kitty

The ships cat and lucky mascot

King Charles III

Beleaguered Monarch wrestling with UK corruption

Kitack Lim

Secretary General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Elizabeth Swann's onboard survey ROV

Professor Douglas Storm

John Storm's uncle, designer of Elizabeth Swann

Professor Jacques Pierre Daccord

UNESCO sunken realms division, conservationist

Richard Leon (Lionheart) Engelheart

Lieutenant, a brave submariner HMS Neptune

Sam Hollis

BBC & Sky freelance investigative reporter Caribbean regions

SSN Neptune

Stricken Astute nuclear sub with Spearfish torpedoes

Steve Green

Freelance reporter, friend of Charley Temple

Suki Hall

A marine biologist, admirer of John's work

Tom Hudson

Sky News Editor, always looking for an exclusive

Trish Lippard

Cleopatra's call sign to protect her royal identity

William (Bill) Fennick Windsor

Midshipman, HMS Neptune (Kings College, Uni, London)

William Liam Wallace

Scottish director BAE Systems, MOD contractor, whistleblower




Bartram (Sly) Fox 

Crafty compact acrobatic subaqua diver Terramental - ‘Sly Fox’

Bobby Bo Dallas

Navigator handy Terramental, biologist, video evidence

Don (Donald) Malcolm Campbell

Chief Executive Babcock, MOD subcontractor

Harry (Dirty) Hallem Holland

Chief Constable - Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police)

Inspector Shaun Flanagan

Dirty Harry's sidekick, (DI) fraud squad cover ups 

Jorges Francisco Dicaprio

Cuban freedom fighter & Predator submersible designer

Maximilian (Maxy) Mohune

Pilot of mini sub, ex air force, SAS hard man Terramental

Nick (The Devil) Johnson MP

Corrupt UK Minister for Defence, oil investor

Redan (Red) Simdo

Leader Terramentalists (Oxford grad. 35 tall dark Arabian)

Predator HK

A high speed hunter-killer submersible

Sergeant Gordon Scotford

Corrupt Met cop who sexually assaulted & beat Zera Masken

Sir Rodney Vernon Dunbar

MI6 military intelligence (General) oil investor


A group of protestors driven to extreme activism

Zera Charlotte Masken

Stunningly attractive climate obsessed Terramental

Zinzi Penelope Diana

Saudi demure Terramental scientist (Lady Penelope)




In the John Storm series of ocean awareness adventures, extreme activists use their Predator HK to steal an Astute class submarine, belonging to the British Royal Navy. The anti global warming terrorists plan to steal US and Soviet submarines, as part of their agenda to prove the futility of all out thermonuclear annihilation. Using their own illegal, weapons against the perpetrators of what they see as crimes against humanity.


In this fictional John Storm adventure, the Astute submarine commandeered, develops radiation leaks, making the vessel dangerous to life in the ocean, and eventually, those submariners operating the vessel, adding to the list of complaints of the Terramentalists.













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In this fictional story, the characters and events are the product of the author's imagination.