IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the Royal Family, the Government, the people of the UK and the Commonwealth following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
“It is with great sorrow and sadness that we have learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The entire Membership of the International Maritime Organization and the staff share the grief with deep sympathy at this difficult time,” Lim said, adding that “I had the immense honour and privilege to meet Her Majesty here at IMO. Her genuine interest in shipping and maritime matters was remarkable”.
He noted that the Queen had opened the new building of the IMO in 1983 and that she had also visited the Organization to mark its 70th anniversary.
The UK Chamber of Shipping said that it shared in the deep sadness felt by everyone in the UK, the Commonwealth and wider world at her death.
UK Chamber of Shipping President Graham Westgarth said that “on behalf of the UK shipping community I pay tribute to Her Majesty’s lifetime of selfless service. At this moment of national sadness, I extend the Chamber’s deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family and especially to King Charles III as he begins his reign by leading the nation’s mourning.
Maritime UK Chair, Sarah Kenny OBE, said that “on behalf of the maritime industries of the United Kingdom, I wish to express my sincere condolences and deep regret at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout her lifetime of service to our country and the Commonwealth, she has been an inspiration to us all. As Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, Queen Elizabeth was a true friend, and we thank her for a lifelong commitment to the maritime industry and the welfare of its people. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this most difficult of times.”
The UK’s Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) also paid tribute to the passing of The Queen. CEO Stuart Rivers said “thank you for your unwavering dedication to a life of service to our great nation. Today, will be marked with sadness, but we will also celebrate the exemplary service given by Her Majesty. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers.”
The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), the umbrella charity for the UK Merchant Navy and fishing fleets, issued a statement on behalf of the maritime world. MNWB Chief Executive Stuart Rivers said, “Thank you for your unwavering dedication to a life of service to our great nation. Today, will be marked with sadness, but we will also celebrate the exemplary service given by Her Majesty. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers and our sincere condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.”
Charity Sailors’ Society said “our grateful thanks for the 70 years of dedicated service HM Queen Elizabeth II gave to the country and Commonwealth,” the charity wrote on its social media. “We are so thankful for her support as Sailors’ Society Patron and for her care for seafarers across the world.”