The International Maritime Organization has issued a statement that IMO Secretary-General Emeritus, Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, has died in Italy at the age of 93.
Dr. C.P. Srivastava was elected to serve as IMO Secretary-General in 1974 and served three successive four-year terms until his retirement in 1989.
IMO: Remembering IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG
IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritme Organization (IMO), has died in Italy, aged 93.
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s remaining family, and also the condolences of the entire IMO membership and staff.
”It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. C.P. Srivastava, the longest-serving Secretary-General of the Organization,” Mr. Sekimizu said. ”Dr. C.P. Srivastava was a truly great Secretary-General who established the World Maritime University and placed IMO’s work on technical co-operation in a central position in the work of the Organization, in order to promote the implementation of IMO conventions on a truly global scale.”
Mr. Sekimizu added: “I met C.P. in Tokyo In 1981 and I was inspired by him to explore my career in the Japanese Government in the field of international co-operation dealing with shipping and I was really fortunate to have been recruited by him as an officer of IMO in 1989. I have been contacting him this year and I was pleased to deliver his congratulatory messages on his behalf at the Commemorative Event, held at IMO headquarters to celebrate 30 years of the World Maritime University, on 10th July. The last time I spoke to him was when I telephoned him just after the WMU 30th celebration reception, to immediately report to him about the successful holding of the event. He was delighted with the information that the event was successful and he was pleased with the current state of developments at the University, strengthening its activities with the vision established by him 30 years’ ago.”
During Dr. Srivastava’s tenure as Secretary-General, from 1974 until his retirement on 31 December 1989, IMO increased its membership considerably. Dr. Srivastava was well known for his relentless efforts to make IMO known to the developing world and for encouraging developing countries to join the “rich men’s club”, as IMO was often referred to at the time. This shaped the structure of the Organization’s membership to its present status, whereby two-thirds of the 170-strong membership (and three Associate Members) is represented by developing countries, making a significant contribution to IMO.