Regional Coordinators & Project Leaders

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Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators

 

Mohammed DRISSI

Africa Regional Coordinator

Mohammed is a Master Mariner, maritime affairs Administrator and a sworn expert on Maritime Affairs. He worked for SAR since 1999 and tasked to develop SAR services within the Kingdom of Morocco. He is the head of SAR Bureau at Ocean Fisheries Ministry and Coordinator of the National technical SAR committee which include Civil and Military departments. He is the Regional Coordinator for Africa since 2010 and has been involved in many SAR projects within the North and West Africa SAR region with the cooperation of IMO and IMRF. Since June 2015 he is also a Trustee of the IMRF.

Ocean Fisheries Ministry - Morocco

+ 212 660192659 + 212 660192659

drissi@mpm.gov.ma

SONG Jiahui

Asia Pacific & Australasia Regional Coordinator

Jiahui is currently the Chief Safety Superintendent for the Ministry of Transport, China, and Director General of the China Diving and Salvage Association. Prior to this he was Director-General of China Rescue and Salvage. In a maritime career of more than 30 years, Jiahui has served at sea with COSCO (including as Master of China's first tanker of more than 300,000 dwt) and with China's Harbour Superintendence and Maritime Safety Administrations. Since 2003 he has guided a sweeping reform of China's maritime rescue and salvage sector.

China

+86-10-65293202 +86-10-65293202

songjh@163.net.cn

Jorge DIENA

South America Regional Coordinator

Jorge joined the Asociación Honoraria de Salvamentos Marítimos y Fluviales (ADES, Uruguay) in 1980 and, since 1996, has served as a volunteer coxswain at ADES' Montevideo station, with over 200 'shouts' to his credit. He is an agricultural engineer by profession, and is now a director and partner in a dairy farm and two companies engaged in environmental protection and domestic & hospital waste management. Jorge is also the Regional Coordinator of South America.

Montevideo - Uruguay

+598 996 89 100 +598 996 89 100

mailto:jorgediena@gmail.com

 

Project Leaders

Project Leaders

 

Andrew FLANAGAN

Project Leader - Rescue Boat Guidelines

Began SAR as the youngest beach lifeguard on the West Coast of Ireland in 1992. Upon moving to the UK in 1999 Andrew became involved with the RNLI as a SAR volunteer for the Whitstable Lifeboat and remained an active crewmember for 5 years. Andrew was then recruited as a full time instructor for the RNLI where he served a further 5 years working from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and moved to Poole thereafter upon the establishment of the new RNLI Lifeboat College. In 2006 Andrew decided to become involved in commercial SAR and became a Search and Rescue Commander for BP assisting the setup of their fleet of 8 new 20m ARRC (Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft) rescue vessels. With the birth of his first child, Andrew decided to spend more time ashore and began working for offshore construction companies. His roles included skippering, but becoming increasingly involved in safety systems and the compliance aspect of the business. Since emigrating to New Zealand in 2009 Andrew has become heavily involved in small vessel maritime operations, specialising in safety management systems and has completed projects for many organisations worldwide.

New Zealand

+64 27 3456690 +64 27 3456690

andrew@powerboat-training.co.nz

David JARDINE-SMITH

Mass Rescue Operations Project Manager

After 9 years in general cargo ships, David joined the UK Coastguard in 1983. He worked in rescue coordination centres and in various management and training roles, retiring in 2008 as Head of Search and Rescue. David began working for the IMRF in 2010, and is now our mass rescue project manager and our technical lead at the IMO and our lead representative on the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on SAR.

United Kingdom

d.jardinesmith@imrf.org.uk

John GEEL

Project Leader/Specialist - Mass Rescue Operations

John is a Operational Lifeboat Inspector for the KNRM since January 2008. John has worked with MRO matters a long time during his work for the KNRM and gave a presentation in 2012 regarding the Costa Concordia: "This is Not Happening to Us" and wrote a MRO report in 2010, called "Saved by Coincidence". Since 2014 he is the MRO Specialist for the IMRF MRO Project.

KNRM - The Netherlands

j.geel@imrf.org.uk

Andreas ARVIDSSON

Project Manager - Mixed Migrant Safety Project

Andreas Arvidsson is currently Operation Director for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. He became the Project Manager for the IMRF's Mixed Migrant Safety Project since late 2015.

SSRS - Sweden

andreas.arvidsson@imrf.org.uk

Dave SHEPPARD

Project Manager - Maritime Incident Response Groups (MIRG)

Dave Sheppard recently retired as a Group Commander in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the National Coordinator for Fire & Rescue Marine Response coordinating all UK Fire & Rescue operations in the maritime domain. He became the Project Manager for the IMRF's Maritime Incident Response Groups (MIRG) since late 2015.

United Kingdom

sheppardsafetysolutions@msn.com

Axel BARTKUS

Special Consultant

Mr Barktus has worked in China for over 15 years, and is the president of Messe Dusseldorf (Shanghai) Co, Ltd. (MDS). Since February 2016 he has become a Special Consultant for the APRC.

China

axel.bartkus@mds.cn

Contact Info

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