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

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.




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


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.


+358 2954 21155

Project Leader

Project Leaders


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



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


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


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.

Alfa Marine Consulting AB - Sweden


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.



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.


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IMRF - 2016 Activity Report


APRC Board

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Captain SONG Jiahui

APRC Chairman

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.


Mr Michael VLASTO

Vice Chairman

Michael is well known as the IMRF's Chairman of Trustees. He retired as the Operations Director of the RNLI in July 2013 after 39 years of service. Michael, who is a Master Mariner, was mainly responsible for changing the RNLI from being a traditional lifeboat service to a world class lifesaving service following the introduction of beach lifeguards, flood rescue operations and prevention and education programmes to reduce the increasing number of incidents being dealt with. He was first elected Chairman of the IMRF Trustees in 2007.

Phone: 0044 1202 633 154


Mr WANG Zhengliang

Director General for China Rescue and Salvage

Mr Wang Zhengliang, senior engineer, born in August 1960 in Shangdong Province, is now the Director General of China Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of Ministry of Transport. From 1995 to 2000, he worked as the Deputy Director of Yantai Salvage of CRS. In 2000, he was promoted to be the Deputy Director General of CRS, and held that position until 2009, when he moved to work in Guangzhou Salvage of CRS as its Party Secretary and Deputy Director. There he worked for another three years until 2012, when he moved back to Beijing to work as the Director General of CRS.

Phone: +86 21 55 09 53 01

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Mr LU Dingliang

Director General Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration

Mr Lu is the Director General of Shanghai Maritime Administration. Prior to this he was Director General of Donghai Rescue Bureau, a position he had held since 2012. He is also a founding board member of the International Maritime Rescue Federation Asia Pacific Regional Centre (IMRF APRC) based in Shanghai. Mr Lu's background is as an Administration Engineer, MA, with knowledge and experience in coordination, organization and management of maritime search and rescue. Since 2003 he has worked directly in the field of maritime search and rescue. From 2003 to 2004 Mr Lu was Party Secretary of Lian Yungang Maritime Safety Administration and from 2004 to 2007 he was Director General of Lian Yungang Maritime Safety Administration. Mr Lu was from 2007 to 2008 Party Secretary of Fujian Maritime Safety Administration. From 2009 to 2012 he was Director General of Fujian Maritime Safety Administration.

Phone: +86 21 55 09 53 01

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Mr Bruce REID

Chief Executive Officer

Bruce joined the IMRF as CEO in September 2012, relocating from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. He has spent the past 13 years heading Charities and Not for Profit Organisations. His most recent role was 4 years as CEO of Coastguard New Zealand where he was brought in from outside the SAR sector to implement a significant change program for the organisation. Having successfully completed the change, he assisted the Board to recruit and induct his replacement. During his time with Coastguard, Bruce was also part of Central Government strategic groups such as the Drowning Prevention Council, NZ Search and Rescue Consultative Committee and Pleasure Boat Safety Forum.

Phone: 0044 (0)7450 262202

APRC Staff

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ZHANG Rongjun

Acting Manager & IMRF Trustee

With over 25 years' maritime SAR background, he has gathered rich experience in coordinating and organizing international and domestic maritime SAR operations. He has been served for Donghai Rescue Bureau of CRS as Deputy Director-General since 2012 prior to which he was Deputy-Director of the General Operational Office of the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center. He has a good understanding of the IMRF. He started to be involved the IMRF work in 2001, witnessed its rapid development in the past decade, until he was appointed as Deputy Manager of the IMRF Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) when it was established in 2011 with assistance and support of CRS. Under his leadership, the APRC team has made great achievement in recruiting new IMRF members, fundraising and building exchange platform for the SAR organizations in the region. APRC will be a good sample of cooperation between the IMRF and its member organization.

APRC - China


GU Yiming

APRC Executive Officer


APRC - Shanghai - China

+86 21 5509 5135


APRC Executive Officer

Qin Huapu graduated from Shanghai International Studies University in 2009. She started her career as a Foreign Affairs secretary in Donghai Rescue Bureau of China Rescue and Salvage. From 2012 to 2013, Ms Qin has furthered her education on Maritime Safety and Environment Administration in the World Maritime University in Sweden and obtained her master’s degree of science there. Ms Qin is now seconded to APRC as the executive officer.

APRC - Shanghai - China

+86 21 55 09 53 01


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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