AMP Expresses Its Condolences On The Passing Of The IMO Secretary General Emeritus, William A. O’neil
“Moved by the news of the passing of the Canadian engineer William A. O’Neil, I send on behalf of the Republic of Panama through the Panama Maritime Authority, as well as my own, our deepest feelings of condolences to his wife Olga Bósquez de O’Neil, her family and friends ”, said the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Arch. Noriel Araúz.
Possessor of innumerable recognitions, great charisma and an inspiring personality, he will always be a reference figure for current and future generations, since he devoted his entire life to improving the global maritime and ocean sector.
With an impeccable and extensive resume, Eng. O’Neil held prominent positions both in his native Canada and in various parts of the world, in addition he was awarded multiple distinctions including the Order “Vasco Núñez de Balboa” in the Degree of Gran Cruz, in 1998 in the city of Panama.
During his leadership position as Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a first term beginning in 1990, a second term beginning in 1994, a third term beginning in 1998 and an additional term of two (2) years, from 2002 to 2004, he made substantial contributions to the benefit of safer navigation and the protection of the environment, as well as important contributions to the World Maritime University (UMM) where he served as a counselor for ten (10) years.
He served as a member of the Panama Canal Advisory Board from March 17, 1999 until the time of his death.
Eng. O’Neil’s passing has been an irreparable loss to the world, his legacy will last forever.
Source: Panama Maritime Authority