HAMBURG: Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), recently visited Hapag-Lloyd in Hamburg. On his agenda: The Fleet Support Center, which has centrally coordinated and systematically optimized the operation of owned and chartered vessels since 2014.
Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), visited Hapag-Lloyd in Hamburg on Monday, April 3. Lim visited the Fleet Support Center (FSC) housed in the Ballin House headquarters building, together with a delegation of high-ranking individuals, including: Uwe Beckmeyer, a Parliamentary State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as the federal Government’s coordinator for the maritime industry; Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for economy, transport and innovation; and Alfred Hartmann, President of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR).
Michael Behrendt, Chairman of Hapag-Lloyd’s Supervisory Board, welcomed the delegation, saying: “It is a special day when Hapag-Lloyd can host so many high-ranking and prominent figures from several countries at the same time.” In addition, Behrendt emphasized the important role of the IMO, saying: “We know that our concerns are in the right hands here.”
Following the reception, Jörn Springer, Senior Director Fleet Support Center, provided Lim and the delegation with an overview of the FSC, which has centrally coordinated and systematically optimized the operation of owned and chartered vessels since 2014. “We offer the highly qualified crews a range of different route options from which they can then choose the best one,” Springer explained.