Speakers

Nicola Carlone

Nicola Carlone

Commandant of the Italian Coast Guard

Vice Admiral (ITCG) Nicola CARLONE was born in Minervino Murge (BT) on 23rd September 1960. He spent his teenage years in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he attended secondary and high school and graduated from Scientific high school 'Vilfredo Pareto'.

In 1978 he was admitted to the Naval Academy in Livorno, where he attended the normal course of general staff of the Italian Navy.

In 2018/21 he was Maritime Director of Liguria (ITCG Regional Commandant), Harbour Master and ITCG Commandant of Genoa, responsible for coordinating ITCG personnel and assets across the whole region.

By Decree of the President of the Republic currently being issued, having regard to the resolution of the Council of Ministers dated 15th July 2021, he was appointed, as of 25th July 2021, Commandant of the Italian Coast Guard, and promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral (ITCG).

Maja Markovčić Kostelac

Maja Markovčić Kostelac

EMSA / Executive Director

Executive Director Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2019. She is responsible for the running and development of the Agency under the oversight of the Administrative Board.

Starting out as a maritime lawyer, she has since gained long-standing experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sector.

Previous to joining EMSA, Ms Maja Markovčić was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Also in this role, she led the Croatian delegation throughout a range of international forums at the UN, IMO and ILO.

Eva Szewczyk

Eva Szewczyk

PhD researcher at Northumbria University

Eva is a PhD researcher at Northumbria University and focuses on legal and insurance aspects of autonomous shipping, incl. implication to maritime pilotage.
She regularly appears at industry and academic conferences on the topic and received North of England P&I Club Award for her work.

Sanna Sonninen

Sanna Sonninen

Finnpilot Pilotage / Pilotage Director

Ms. Sanna Sonninen is a Master Mariner and holds a Master of Science degree in Maritime Engineering from Aalto University. Before starting as a research scientist and project manager at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, in 2001, Sanna worked onboard Finnish merchant ships, tankers and ROPAX ships as an officer for almost 10 years. She has also worked as a Development Manager at the Finnish Maritime Administration and as a Director at the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, with responsibilities in maritime issues, aviation, road, and railroad safety. In 2017 Ms. Sonninen was appointed Pilotage Director of the state-owned pilotage company Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd and the CEO of the Ice Advisors Ltd, a company assisting shipmasters on vessels navigating in icy conditions. She is a Doctoral Researcher at the Aalto University Research group on Safe and Efficient Marine and Ship Systems.

Clayton L. "Clay" Diamond

Clayton L. "Clay" Diamond

American Pilots Association
Executive Director - General Counsel

Clay Diamond has been Executive Director-General Counsel for the American Pilots’ Association (APA) since 2021. Prior to that, he served 13 years as APA’s Deputy Director-Associate General Counsel. A 1989 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, he also earned a Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. During law school, he earned the award for “Highest Proficiency in Admiralty Law.” In addition, he was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. He is admitted to the Ohio and District of Columbia Bars and is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S.

During his 20-year Coast Guard career, Mr. Diamond served aboard several Coast Guard cutters, including as navigator and commanding officer, and as Deputy Incident Commander for the Atlantic Area Incident Management Assist Team. During these operational assignments, Mr. Diamond was On-Scene Commander during the early hours of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, participated in the seizure of over $300 million in illegal drugs, the interdiction of hundreds of illegal migrants in the Caribbean, and the execution of heavy weather search and rescue cases in the North Atlantic and Bering Sea.

Arie Palmers

Arie Palmers

Loodswezen / Pilot

Started my career at sea in 1992 in the Dutch Royal Navy on mine warfare vessels and explosive ordnance clearance. After that I have worked a couple of years for the government on a training vessel with juvenile delinquents and also did some offshore and towing. In 2008 I switched to piloting and have been doing that eversince. I am a member of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and CHIRP/MARS ambassador. I try to make commuting for pilots a bit safer by writing articles and doing training and lecture sessions for different parties worldwide.

Luc Smulders

Luc Smulders

Paris Mou / Secretary General

Mr. Smulders was educated at the Royal Navy Academy of the Netherlands and he sailed for 5 years as a naval officer. After a short period in the private sector, he worked as an inspector and advisor in the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate where he gained relevant knowledge on maritime legislation and the practice of inspections.
In 2007, he moved to the maritime policy directorate dealing with subjects as the European Maritime Safety Agency and the Paris MoU on Port State Control. He was appointed as coordinating policy advisor within the Maritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and also served as the Alternate Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the International Maritime Organization.

André Gaillard

André Gaillard

FFPM Secretary General / IMPA VP

André Gaillard was born in Nice, France in 1972. He entered the National Merchant Marine Academy in Marseilles in 1991 and earned his Unlimited Master's License in 2001 after having mainly sailed on passenger ships (ferries and cruise ships). He became a marine pilot of the Marseilles-Fos ports in 2003, as well as the ports of Nice-Cannes- Villefranche in 2008. Elected as president of the Nice pilot station in 2015, he held the position until 2020. Alongside his pilot duties, he was also appointed as technical advisor to the Nice- Côte d'Azur Chamber of commerce in 2016 and elected president of the Union Maritime 06 (an association bringing together professionals from the local maritime world) in 2018. In addition to promoting the pilot profession, Andre Gaillard brings a broader vision to the maritime sector by advocating for the modernisation of the French port infrastructures and by supporting the maritime transport sector as a whole.

Pier Paolo Scala

Pier Paolo Scala

MSC / Vice President Maritime Support Center/Port Captain

Captain Pier Paolo Scala is the Vice President of Port Operation and the Port Captain for MSC Cruise Management since 2020. In his current role he oversees and he is responsible for all Port Operations in over 300 ports where MSC Cruise vessels operate. He maintains a close work relationship with all Maritime and Port Authorities, Pilot Corporations, Tug Companies and Terminal Operators to name a few.
He is also the first point of contact for all MSC Cruises ship’s Masters, providing continuous nautical guidance with regards to arrival/departure manoeuvres, along with organising technical tables related to weather conditions leading to potential itinerary changes.

Captain Scala graduated from Nautical College in Italy in 1983 and after serving in the Italian Navy he worked on Tankers, working his way up to the rank of Chief Officer until 1995. In the same year, Captain Scala joined Carnival Cruise Lines as second Officer and after six years in 2001 he was promoted Master of a cruise ship operating in the Caribbean.

In 2011 he worked as a Pilot/Tug Master in New Zealand and finally in 2012 he joined MSC Cruises on MSC Opera. In 2017 he was appointed as Master of the MSC Seaside, which was the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy. In 2019 he joined MSC Cruise Management in London with the role of VP Maritime Support Centre. In 2020 he was appointed to his current role of Port Captain in the Port Operations Department.

Luisa Puccio

Luisa Puccio

Director for Shipping and Trade Policy at ECSA

Luisa Puccio is Director for Shipping and Trade Policy at the European Community Shipowners’ Associations, which represents 20 national associations of shipowners from the EU and the EEA.
Luisa joined ECSA in 2020, where she is responsible for all topics related to the competiveness of the industry, among others transport and logistics policy, trade and market access, digitalisation and security. Prior to joining ECSA, Luisa has worked in Brussels-based consultancies dealing with EU policy, with a specific focus on shipping policy, sustainability and circular economy. An Italian national, she holds a Master’s degree in public policy and government relations from Bocconi University in Milan

Capt. Kim Ossieur

Capt. Kim Ossieur

DAB Loodswezen | Sea pilot

Capt. Kim Ossieur is active as Senior Sea Pilot and Duty Chief Pilot at the Flemish government Pilotage (Belgium). She works from the Pilot station in Flushing, the Netherlands.
Kim studied at the Antwerp Maritime Academy where she obtained the STCWII/2-all ships and a Master degree in Nautical Sciences.
Starting her career as Apprentice Officer at Exmar, Bocimar (Tankers), she quickly became OOW and ultimately Master at Jan De Nul (Dredging). After her sea-going experience, she took up the role of SAR Mission Coordinator at the MRCC Ostend (VTS) before becoming a Sea Pilot.
In addition to her job as a Pilot, Kim also occupied positions as Instructor on Colregs, Local regulations in Belgian Territorial Sea, Watchkeeping Procedures and Emergency Procedures at Maritime Training Zeebrugge and Knowtical vof.

Herman Broers

Herman Broers

Loodswezen / Managing Director

Capt Herman Broers has been a Rotterdam pilot since 2003, after his seagoing career as a deck officer with Stolt Parcel Tankers, worldwide. In 2009 he was elected president of the Rotterdam maritime pilots association, a position which he held until 2013. During this time, an innovative fleet replacement scheme was put in place, of which the 82 meter long P-class pilot station vessel class is the backbone of the fleet today. After 2013 he resumed full time sailing as a pilot, and he attained the unlimited Eurochannel licence, as well as his VTS-operator licence. In June 2022, he was elected managing director of Nederlands Loodswezen B.V., the company which supports all Dutch pilots in their profession. He is the author of www.pilotladdersafety.com, a website showing good practice in the safe use of pilot ladders.

Michele Landi

Michele Landi

Italian Coast Guard VTMIS training centre

Michele Landi is a Lieutenant Commander of Italian Coast Guard, currently employed as coordinator of VTS education at Coast Guard VTMIS Training Centre, previous experiences as VTS manager and Search and Rescue response officer.
Specialised in VTS, as operator and supervisor, in search and rescue, as mission coordinator, Michele has proficiencies in Risk Management and Quality Management Systems.

He is a member of National Working Group for assessment of navigational risks and has been participating to IALA VTS committee, as national member, since 2012.
Author of several articles related to the VTS, published in Italian scientific journals dealing with transport and maritime, air and aerospace navigation law.

Capt. Sabine Zeller

Capt. Sabine Zeller

Head of Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt e.V. (BBS), Master Mariner

Before being named Executive Secretary of Germany’s competent body for maritime training, Sabine Zeller has been continuously involved with training both at sea and ashore.

Being trained and returning the favour characterized a decade of seafaring on tankers. 3 years’ experience as nautical consultant and surveyor emphasized the importance of proper training even further. Another 3 years as instructor for safety courses acc. to STCW topped it off.

Now, she heads the organisation responsible for the maritime training in Germany, both for the rather unique apprenticeship as “Ship Mechanic”, and the practical training and seafaring time as nautical, technical or electrotechnical Officer’s Assistants.

In that capacity, she works closely with the German Flag State Authorities to implement training standards and continuously improve them.

Capt. Henry Caubrière

Capt. Henry Caubrière

FFPM President / EMPA VP

Henry CAUBRIERE is the current Chairman of the French Federation of Maritime Pilots.

He was born in Honfleur (14) in 1965, has been married since 1990 and has three children.
He studied in the National School of the Merchant Navy (now ENSM) he joined in 1983 (promotion Thalassa).
He was licensed 1st Class Captain of Maritime Navigation (C1NM) in 1994 and performed most of his navigation on classic cargo ships, car ferries and cruise ships.
He also sailed on tankers, and commanded a heavy lift cargo ship.
He performed his military service in the French Navy, on the BISM Triton (based in Toulon) between 1987 and 1988.
He became maritime pilot of Le Havre/ Antifer / Fécamp Pilot Station in 1999.
After having participated in the realization of the pilots manouvring simulator, he held the positions of head of the navigation and workshop personnel, head of the helicopter service and vice president.
He was elected Secretary General of the FFPM in 2020 and Président in may 2021

Grant Walkey Mc Para

Grant Walkey Mc Para

Trident training / paramedic and rescue specialist

Grant Walkey has been involved in search and rescue and education for over 20 years, specialising in water rescue combining skills as a former firefighter and as a RNLI lifeboat crew, beach lifeguard, and Flood rescue team member and adding advanced skills both clinically as a paramedic and academically as a qualified teacher.

Grant is the owner and managing director of Trident Training & Consultancy which specialises in Rescue, Medical and Safety training and consulting and also works as a specialist paramedic.

Grant has taught STCW courses for 15 years, however, for the last 3.5 years Grant has been training Pilots and pilot boat launch crews in the UK a bespoke maritime medical course which emphasises what to do when MOB or major injuries occur during pilot operations.

Grants client list includes the British Olympic Sailing Team, Maritime Medical Services Gibraltar and most of the ports of the UK.

Prior to this Grant was a full-time staff member of the RNLI for 11 years serving initially as a sea survival and lifeboat trainer then specialised as a Casualty care trainer and finally progressed as SHE and Clinical Training Manager, managing a team of SHE professionals and paramedic trainers delivering the RNLI courses.
Grant maintained training others throughout this time for the RNLI but also on the faculties of ATACC (Anaesthesia & Critical Care), WEM (World Extreme Medicine) and for SLSA GB.