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Monday, April 12, 2021 

The IMO has recognised the contributions of a long-standing maritime industry chief with the award of the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2019, presented at what IMO saiys was its first ever virtual awards ceremony.

The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organisation, judged to have made a significant contribution to the work and objectives of the IMO. The 2019 prize was awarded to Mr. Peter Hinchliffe, OBE, former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim acknowledged the pivotal role that Mr. Hinchliffe had played in the work of IMO in his long career. "He ensured that the interests of shipowners were always promoted whilst recognising the need for change and advancement in the environmental and safety aspects of shipping."

Hinchliffe said he was truly humbled to receive the International Maritime Prize, recognising the award "as a recognition of the contribution that ICS made and continues to make to the work of the IMO."

He praised the friendship, openness and spirit of cooperation he experienced at IMO, advocated for an end to crew travel restrictions and urged high priority for vaccination for seafarers across all IMO Member States, as well as for IMO continuing its work on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

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