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.