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Stephan Assheuer is a chartered naval architect with a wealth of experience in maritime regulatory affairs. Throughout the last decades he has been involved in a wide range of regulatory projects within IMO and IACS, such as the Ballast Water Management Convention, the revision of the Load Line Convention, the revision of SOLAS Chapter XII, the IMO GBS or the IACS Common Structural Rules and so on. Stephan has chaired various Working Groups at IMO and IACS and is well known for his straight-forward and effective way of working. Currently Stephan is Chairman of the working group on life saving appliances at the IMO Sub-Committee SSE.
As partner and managing director of admaris, Stephan’s knowledge, experience and dedication to quality and efficiency are available for the benefit of our customers. Amongst others he recently was key expert in an EU funded project supporting maritime administrations in the Black Sea and Caspian region or is representing admaris in a regulatory development project for the German Ministry of Transport.
Hartmut Guenther Hesse
Captain Hartmut Hesse is a master mariner and was a long standing member of the IMO Secretariat. He initially studied chemistry and later joined the German Merchant Navy. In 1975 he obtained his Master's Certificate and came ashore, working in the Dangerous Goods Department of the same shipping company he sailed with. He then moved to London as a Container Ship Operator and Owner’s Representative in a multinational container shipping consortium.
In 1991 he joined the IMO Secretariat, first as a Senior Technical Officer and subsequently as Head of the Cargoes and Facilitation Section, later the Navigation Section, of the Maritime Safety Division. After also assuming Maritime Security responsibilities in 2001, he was appointed Senior Deputy Director, responsible, amongst many others, for Counter Piracy and Terrorism, treatment of persons rescued at sea, GMDSS and LRIT. At the beginning of 2012, Captain Hesse was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Maritime Security and Counter-Piracy Programmes.
After retiring from this role at the end of 2012, Hartmut provides his unique experience in an advisory capacity. Hartmut is a visiting Professor at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden and lecturing regularly at the Dalian Maritime University.
Dr. Karsten Loer
Dr. Karsten Loer has been working as a maritime safety analyst since 2004. His work includes industrial design and research projects with an expertise in RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability, safety) methods, risk-based design and analysis, as well as human element in design and operations of ships and ship systems. Karsten contributed to the development and the application of the IMO Alternative Design approach and Formal Safety Assessment.
Before moving to the maritime industry, Karsten spent six years in the UK, working on formal safety-analyses of alarms and operating modes of user interfaces of avionics systems. He also co-developed formal incident and accident analysis techniques (esp. “Why-because analysis”, WBA). As senior safety consultant, Karsten offers extensive experience on the various applications of system safety and human factors analysis.
Captain Cahit Yalcin is a master mariner with 17 years of sea experience serving on bulk carriers, general cargo and container ships. Moving ashore, Cahit joined the Turkish Maritime Administration and worked for 15 years in different technical and administrative positions. On the technical area, he acted as a port state control officer, flag state inspector, chief regional ship inspections supervisor, maritime casualties investigator, IMDG Code trainer and oil pollution on scene coordinator. On the administrative side, Cahit also served as Minister's counsellor on IMO issues. Today he works as a senior pilot captain and as consultant.
Captain Yalcin represented Turkey in the IMO in more than 20 Sub-Committee, Committee, Council and Assembly meetings. In the very beginning of the IMO Member State Audit Scheme, Cahit was nominated as auditor and shortly after qualified as lead auditor. Today he is one of the most experienced IMO auditors with 8 official audits for the IMO an uncounted number of VIMSAS/IMSAS related mock audits, training missions and workshops all around the world.
In addition Cahit's expertise covers Implementation of IMO Instruments, Port State Control, Carriage of Dangerous Goods (IMDG Code) and Casualty Investigations.
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