World-Wide Executive Helmut Sohmen Elected Chairman Of IMIF

The full meeting of the International Maritime Industries Forum (IMIF) held in London recently has elected Dr. Helmut Sohmen as its new chairman. Dr.

Sohmen is chairman of Marine Navigation Company, the U.K. affiliate of Sir Yue-Kong Pao's World-Wide Shipping Group, the world's largest independent shipowner.

IMIF was founded in 1976 by a group of banks, shipyards, shipowners, and oil companies to develop and pursue a multi-sector approach to the tanker crisis. The organization now has 60 members representing major firms from all over the world, except the United States. IMIF is prominently involved in discussions with many national governments, the EEC Commission, the insurance markets, and the classification societies on questions of shipbuilding overcapacity, shipping credit policies, improved safety standards, and the enforcement of IMCO rules and regulations by port states, and the continuing tanker surplus. The Forum meeting decided to also review the bulk carrier markets regularly in the future, and to watch developments regarding the current UNCTAD proposals for cargo-sharing arrangements in the bulk trades.

Due to its unique membership structure, IMIF is well placed to assist governments with factual data and with balanced recommendations to help in the formulation of new policies affecting the shipping industry in its wideest sense. Dr. Sohmen and the members of IMIF's Steering Committee intend to continue the active program of government meetings, industry discussions, and topical studies in the year ahead.

Immediate visits are planned to Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, and Italy.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 28,  Nov 15, 1980

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