We are as proud of the safety and environmental innovations on this ship as we are the guest-facing innovations. The international body responsible for setting standards in this area is the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”), which is an agency of the United Nations with 169 Member States. The Secretary General of the IMO is Efthimios Mitropoulos and he has been a strong advocate of steps to improve safety and environmental protection throughout the maritime world.
Against this background, I was humbled and gratified to receive the attached letter from Secretary General Mitropoulos. Harri and his team worked closely over a number of years with the IMO as well as the various other regulatory agencies to ensure they supported our efforts and to incorporate best practices and ideas. Mr. Mitropoulos’ most gracious letter demonstrates just how successful this effort was.