- I would note with satisfaction that the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, the highest maritime official worldwide, was interested to see the way we are arranged, the things we do for navigation safety and for advancing in the field of port infrastructure. In my opinion, he was competently surprised with the extent of our progress. I would not say that everything is perfect, that would be a silly statement. Yet, we do not stay stagnant, we are aware of our weak points and we are dealing with them, there is quite a good system of maritime transport in the Russian Federation – and that was recognized. He was especially impressed by maritime education, the seriousness of our approach to it ... Although I know numerous problems in this sphere, we will find the solutions.
Recorded by IAA PortNews at the NEVA 2017 exhibition.