GLOBAL: IMO appoints Special Advisor on Maritime Security

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has appointed Peter Adams, Head, Maritime Security, Maritime Safety Division, as ‘Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security’.  In a statement posted on its website today (24 November), the IMO said: ‘The appointment of the special advisor will support the provision of assistance and advice at the highest levels in IMO on maritime security matters and facilitate external engagement support IMO efforts in this regard.’  Piracy, armed robbery against ships, drug smuggling and stowaways have long been areas of concern for the shipping industry and the IMO – but in recent years cyber security has also become more of an issue.

Adams is a former Royal Navy officer, Admiralty Pilot, and commercial harbour pilot.

He has extensive operational and command experience, including enforcing UN sanctions in the former Yugoslavia; counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean; anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; and suppressing maritime criminality in Hong Kong, China.

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