On 25 September, Canberra-based diplomats of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States joined AMSA to celebrate the IMO's World Maritime Day. AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mr Graham Peachey welcomed guests and spoke on the theme for 2012 - IMO: 100 years after the Titanic. Mr Peachey outlined achievements in maritime safety over the last 100 years and the continuing cooperation between Member States to respond to current challenges.
Mr Peachey then introduced the World Maritime Day address by the IMO Secretary-General, Mr Koji Sekimizu, which was viewed via the internet. AMSA leads the Australian delegation to the IMO Assembly and Council meetings as well as most other committee and sub-committee meetings. Mr Peachey noted how pleased he was to be able to meet with IMO members in Canberra.
(L-R) His Excellency Major General (Rtd) Martyn Dunne, New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia; Mr Yew Weng Ho, General Manager Corporate Services Division, AMSA; and Mr Graham Peachey, Chief Executive Officer, AMSA
Mr Nick Lemon, Manager Ship Safety, AMSA; Mr Teng Hoe Chua, Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore; and Mr Brad Groves, General Manager, Maritime Standards Division, AMSA
World Maritime Day will be celebrated around the world this week including at the IMO headquarters in London where the Secretary-General will host a similar function.