Lantz Gets Nod as U.S. Nominee for IMO Post

Seafarers Log, May 2011

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Jeffrey LantzBoth the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard in late March reported that Jeffrey Lantz is the United States nominee for secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO in June is scheduled to elect a new secretary-general to succeed Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, who has held the position since 2003.


Lantz, the Coast Guard’s director for commercial regulations and standards, recently addressed the executive board of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

In its announcement, the State Department described the U.S. as having “been a key participant in and supporter of the IMO since its establishment in 1948.” Lantz is “uniquely qualified” to serve as secretary-general, according to the department.


The Coast Guard also offered strong support for his nomination, which is backed by American maritime labor.


“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’s Coast Guard background includes more than 25 years of active duty. Currently, he is responsible for helping develop U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies.


He also 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. Lantz also chairs the IMO Council, the organization’s second-highest governing body.


The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for measures aimed at boosting the safety and security of international shipping and preventing marine pollution from vessels. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues and the facilitation of international maritime traffic. It currently has 169 member states, including the U.S.

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