UK citizen wins IMO’s International Maritime Prize for 2020

The International Maritime Organisation’s prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2020 is to be awarded to Mr. Paul Sadler, former representative of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Mr. Sadler also represented the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at IMO meetings and served as a governor of the World Maritime University (WMU) for ten years.

Paul Sadler

In their nomination, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) commended Mr. Sadler for his contribution to the development of IMO regulations over many years.

Mr. Sadler represented the United Kingdom Government at IMO from 1998 to 2007.  Mr. Sadler played a key role in bulk carrier safety and was involved in major IMO initiatives on passenger ship safety, the casualty investigation code, accelerating the phase-out of single-hull tankers and the development of energy efficiency requirements which would later be adopted as chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.

As IACS representative, from 2007 to 2019, Mr. Sadler oversaw IACS work on major initiatives such as goal-based standards, the development of the Code for Recognized Organizations, the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) Code and the IMO energy efficiency requirements.

The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organization, judged to have made a significant contribution to the work and objectives of the Organization. It consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin and includes a financial award, upon submission of an academic paper written on a subject relevant to IMO.

The Prize will be presented to Mr. Sadler at an awards ceremony to be scheduled by the Secretary-General.

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