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.
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.
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.
Project Manager - Mixed Migrant Safety Project
Andreas Arvidsson was the Operation Director for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society up to September 2017. Andreas is now a Consultant & Master Mariner at the Alfa Marine Consulting AB. He is also the Project Manager for the IMRF's Mixed Migrant Safety Project since late 2015.
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.
Project Leader - Crew Exchange Project
Joonas Lahelma has more than 20 years experience in SAR. Joonas worked as a coast guard officer and training manager of the Finnish Lifeboat Institution, and voluntary crew member in several SAR stations in Finland.
These days Joonas is working as a full-time paramedic nurse at the rescue department of Kymenlaakso, and part time coordinator for the IMRF Crew Exchange Project since 2017.