The appointment was confirmed during the annual general meeting on the 26th of April 2023.
Clodius will continue to play a vital role in helping to promote and enhance maritime training and development across IMEC’s network, as well as to attract new talent to the industry.
“It is a privilege to maintain representation here at IMEC and be involved in its many important initiatives and achievements in crew recruitment, training and development,” said Clodius.
“I thank IMEC and its members for the trust they have placed in me with this mandate and look forward to continuing as chairman of an enthusiastic and motivated team of recruitment and training experts. As the Recruitment & Training Committee, we will continue to enhance the profile of our work, and the industry at large, whilst addressing key maritime issues, and creating and promoting sustainable training initiatives to secure the future of seafaring,” he added.
For 30 years, IMEC has been the primary organisation dedicated to maritime human resources and the support of seafarer welfare, promoting good and fair employment practices, as well as high standards of training and safety. One of the organisation’s key strengths is in its unity, backed by the weight of a large section of the industry, which allows it to effectively negotiate collective bargaining agreement worldwide.
IMEC represents almost 300 members in 50 countries, which operate 12,000 ships and employ over 300,000 seafarers of many nationalities. Members are individual shipping companies, both owners and managers, large and small, operating all types of ships including dry bulk, container, cruise liners, livestock carriers, reefers and tankers, while the ships they operate are registered in more than 60 different countries.
Furthermore, IMEC takes an active role in the training and future employment of seafarers, running its own cadet training programmes on behalf of its members, as well as supporting companies’ own training initiatives.