New Technical Adviser at IMCAOrganisations and Associations // March 18, 2009
Substantial and consistent growth in membership at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has resulted in a significant expansion of the association’s work programme. This in turn has led to the expansion of the secretariat, which sees Emily Comyn join as International Legislative Affairs Technical Adviser.
With her arrival the team of Technical Advisers reporting to Technical Director Jane Bugler is now five strong.
“With over 560 member companies in 52 countries our work programme constantly expands, so we are delighted that Emily has joined us to monitor and lobby where appropriate in such key areas as the IMO, at which IMCA has observer status, and other sources of national, regional and international legislation which affect the maritime industries and our members” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.
“The IMO is a very important body for us, because of its role in maritime standards and safety which we support in the interaction IMCA and the IMO enjoy on specific issues, such as the training of personnel for dynamically positioned vessels used widely by IMCA members."
Prior to joining IMCA, Emily Comyn worked at the International Chamber of Shipping. As Advisor (Shipping Policy), Emily was responsible for representing international ship operators on customs and trade facilitation issues at intergovernmental fora such as the IMO and the World Customs Organization (WCO), as well as monitoring operational developments in the Panama and Suez Canals in her role as Secretary of the ICS Canals Sub-Committee. In addition, she was also Assistant Secretary of ISOA (International Support Vessel Owners’ Association), providing a common forum for international OSV operators.
“There is no doubt that Emily’s trade association experience and her expertise in developing consensus positions and representing the industry at a global level stand her in good stead for her role here at IMCA,” says Hugh Williams. “We are delighted to welcome her to the team.”
In recent months there have been two other additions to the IMCA team. Genine da Cruz Harvey has joined as Certification Schemes Administrator, taking over from Vicki Graham who has retired after over twenty years in the role.
Genine organises IMCA’s internationally recognised certification schemes through liaison with contractors, examination candidates, IMCA-approved training establishments and invigilation centres throughout the world; as well as preparation and assessment of examination papers and issue of certificates. She also supports the work of the Competence and Training core activity.
Genine joined IMCA from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF).
The other new addition to the IMCA team is Andy Butler who has joined the support team as an additional administrator focused on document production. With a growing range of output in terms of guidance and information notes, committee and workgroup minutes as well as new brochures and factsheets, his experience in document preparation and print production using a variety of publishing and design software is invaluable. He will also act as support for Genine providing backup and continuity for members and their examination candidates if Genine is away.