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Newcastle alum awarded prestigious International Maritime Prize

Newcastle alum awarded prestigious International Maritime Prize

5 September 2021

Newcastle University graduate and former representative of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Paul Sadler (Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding BSc, 1983), has been awarded the International Maritime Prize for 2020.

The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organisation, judged to have made a significant contribution to the work and objectives of the IMO 

Mr. Sadler was nominated for the prestigious award by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), who commended him for his contribution to the development of IMO regulations over many years. 

Sadler represented the United Kingdom Government at IMO from 1998 to 2007.  Heplayed a key role in bulk carrier safety and was involved in major IMO initiatives on passenger ship safety, the casualty investigation code, accelerating the phase-out of single hull tankers and the development of energy efficiency requirements which would later be adopted as chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.


As IACS representative, from 2007 to 2019, Mr. Sadler oversaw IACS work on major initiatives such as goal-based standards, the development of the Code for Recognized Organizations, the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) Code and the IMO energy efficiency requirements. 

Sadler began a career in maritime following his graduation fromNewcastle Universitywith a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. 

Sadleralsoshared his passion for advancing knowledge to the next generation of marine engineers. He lectured widely on a voluntary basis to students and maritime industry organisations in the UK and overseas on the IMO and the roles of classification societies and recognised organisations. 

He held roles as production manager and design and project engineer in the United Kingdom shipping industry and was instrumental in introducing quality standards at British Shipbuilders' Sunderland shipyard. 

The Prize will be presented to Mr. Sadler at an awards ceremony to be scheduled by the Secretary-General. 


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