U.S. nominee for IMO post announced (3/24)

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Both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard earlier this week announced that Jeffrey Lantz is the United States nominee for secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Lantz, the Coast Guard’s director for commercial regulations and standards, recently addressed the executive board of the Maritime Trades Department.


The respective news releases follow. The direct link to the State Department story (posted first below) is HERE, while the Coast Guard link is HERE


United States Nominee for Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization


March 22

In June of this year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will elect a new Secretary-General to replace Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, who has held the position since 2003. The United States has been a key participant in and supporter of the IMO since its establishment in 1948, and believes its nominee for the position of Secretary-General, Jeffrey Lantz, is uniquely qualified.


Mr. Lantz is a career employee of the United States Coast Guard, where he has served for more than 35 years, including more than 25 years of active duty. He currently serves as the Coast Guard’s Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards, and is responsible for developing U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies.


Mr. Lantz has long been engaged with IMO issues, and currently serves as Head of the U.S. delegation to the Organization’s principal technical bodies, the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Environment Protection Committee. His knowledge and credibility on international maritime issues, including piracy, maritime security, greenhouse gas emissions, etc., is well-established and contributed to his election as Chairman of the IMO Council, the organization’s second-highest governing body.


The International Maritime Organization plays an increasingly important role on issues related to international maritime safety, security, and environmental protection. The United States believes that Jeffrey Lantz possesses important qualities and the necessary background to lead the Organization in these challenging times.


Jeffrey Lantz bio: http://www.uscg.mil/flag/cg52.asp


U.S. Coast Guard employee candidate for IMO Secretary General


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday that a civilian employee of the service is the U.S. candidate for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization.


Jeffrey Lantz, the Coast Guard’s Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards, will be a candidate in the International Maritime Organization’s elections scheduled for the 106th International Maritime Organization Council in London, June 27 to July 1, 2011.


Lantz is responsible for developing U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies. He also oversees U.S. initiatives in the development of international maritime safety, security and environmental protection standards.


“Jeff is one of the Coast Guard’s best senior leaders who has superbly managed commercial maritime regulation with the care and precision it requires,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. “He is a skilled engineer, effective manager and strong negotiator who has demonstrated a keen ability to lead and overcome budgetary and technical challenges over his 36-year career. These strong regulatory and supervisory abilities have enabled him to greatly improve the quality of U.S. commercial shipping. I am absolutely certain he will deliver the same quality and competency if elected as Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization.”


Lantz is also the Chairman for the International Maritime Organization’s Council, the organization’s second highest governing body and the U.S. Head of Delegation to the organization’s Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee and other subcommittees. In this capacity Lantz represents the U.S. on numerous regulatory issues within the international commercial maritime industry including piracy and maritime security, green house gas emissions, human element, ballast water management, and passenger vessel safety.


The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution from ships. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues and the facilitation of international maritime traffic. The International Maritime Organization was established by means of a convention adopted under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva, March 17, 1948, and met for the first time in January 1959. It currently has 169 member states.


Additional information on the U.S. nomination can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/imo/us-nomination/default.asp

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