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

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 22, 2011

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

PRN: 2011/436