Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, has expressed his deep shock at the heavy loss of life in the incident off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.
Mr Sekimizu said “Any loss of life at sea is a matter for regret and concern; but for so many unfortunate souls to perish in this way is a great shock and a genuine tragedy. I am sure I speak for the entire membership of IMO in sending my deep sympathy and sincere condolences to all those who have lost family, friends or loved ones in this terrible accident.”
He went on to praise the efforts of the Italian Coast Guard, which took swift action to mitigate the disaster and save lives, and to express solidarity with the people of Lampedusa, who are once again coping with the aftermath of a disaster at sea.
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships