Regional Coordinators & Project Leaders

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Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators 

Jori Nordström

Europe Regional Coordinator

Jori was appointed to be the European Regional Coordinator in October 2014. He is currently the Project Manager at Finnish Border Guard Headquarters in Finland. Jori is also the Project Manager of the Vessel Triage Project.

Phone: +358 2954 21155
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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.

Phone: + 212 660192659


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.

Phone: +64 27 3456690


David Jardine-Smith

Project Leader/Manager - Mass Rescue Operations

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 during Gerry Keeling's illness, primarily on the mass rescue project, as editor of the IMRF newsletter, LIFE LINE, and as our 'head of delegation' at the IMO. He is currently employed as our Secretary.


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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.



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.


Andreas Arvidsson

Dave Sheppard

Project Manager - Maritime Incident Response Groups (MIRG)

Dave Sheppard is currently Commander of the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and National Coordinator of Fire & Rescue Marine Response. He became the Project Manager for the IMRF's Maritime Incident Response Groups (MIRG) since late 2015.



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.



APRC Contact

International Maritime Rescue Federation
Asia Pacific Regional Centre
Donghai Rescue Bureau
Room 405
No. 1426 Yang Shu Pu Road

Telephone: +86 21 55 09 53 01

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