Jean-Philippe Casanova

Senior Vice President – International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

– IMPA Senior Vice President
– FFPM President (French Federation of Maritime Pilots)

Nick Cutmore

Secretary General – International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

Nick Cutmore was appointed Secretary General of IMPA in July 1999 following 24 years at Trinity House, the Lighthouse and Pilotage Authority in London.

At IMPA he has overseen a growth in membership and activity in the past 20 years including the adoption by IMO of Resolution A960 and the introduction of improved standards for Pilot Boarding in SOLAS. Currently he is working on the difficulties of handling VL Container Vessels among many other topics.

El mustapha Dahmani

Director of the Insurance Division « Complex & Industrial Risks, Construction and Prevention » – ATLANTA

–  Director of International Development at ATLANTA Insurance and Reinsurance Company.

–  28 years of experience in Insurance and Risk Management.

–  Engineer, graduated from Ecole Centrale de Marseille, France.

–  Founder and Vice President of the International Propeller Club, Port Of Casablanca – Club of the United States No. 238.

–  Lecturer and part-time professor at Hassan II University in Casablanca, Rabat International University, ESCA and ISCAE.

Curtiss Dakpogan

Operations Manager – APM Terminals MedPort Tangier

Curtiss Dakpogan is a seasoned logistics expert specialized in container terminal operations with 15 years of experienced across  the globe. He started his career in the Port of Cotonou in Benin then pursued his career through assignments in the United States, Jordan, Malaysia, Rotterdam and APM Terminals Headquarters in The Hague / Netherlands. Most recently Curtiss was responsible for establishing the whole operations of the newly built first semi-automated container terminal in Africa and among the most technologically advanced in the world in the Tanger Med 2  Port Complex. He is a Benin National, holding an MBA in Shipping and Logistics and a Master in Economics.

Oumar Drame

Vice President – International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

Oumar DRAME is a Master Mariner, graduated in Algeria in 1987. He was on command onboard various types of vessels from 1989 till 1999 before joining the Dakar Port Authority as a Pilot. He is currently appointed as the Secretary General of the African Maritime Pilots’ Association. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in maritime and port management from the University of the Côte d’Opale in Dunkerque (France). Therefore, he is often consulted by his country’s officials and other private firms about strategic and technical studies related to maritime matters. Moreover, he is teaching maritime and port classes in several schools in Dakar. Furthermore, he has been technical advisor within the IMPA executive committee from 2010 till 2018 then the Organizing Committee’s President of the 24th IMPA Congress held for the first time in Africa. He is, since then, elected as Vice-president for that international Organisation till 2022.

Capt. Sidy Lamine Diop

Senior Pilot – Autonomous Port of Dakar, Senegal / President of the Dakar Pilots Association

– Senior Pilot at Dakar Port

– President of the Dakar Pilots Association

Capt. Hassan EZZAHRATI

President- African Maritime Pilots’ Association (AMPA)

– President of the African Association of Maritime Pilots (AMPA) since March 2010.

– Deep Sea Captain, Master on board Merchant Ships for 12 years

– 27 years as pilot at the Casablanca-Jorf Lasfar Ports Pilot Station, including 10 years as Chief Pilot.

– Former Member of the National Nautical Commission.

– PhD, Maritime Law and Transport, MBA from ENPC-EHTP

Albert Gambina

Senior Pilot – Malta Maritime Pilots

Albert Gambina’s career in the maritime industry commenced in 1977 with the national shipping line Sea Malta, obtaining his master’s certificate in 1992.

He has been pilot with Malta Maritime Pilots since 2002, starting out as junior pilot and one of the founding members of the co-operative. He has now been senior pilot for over 10 years. Albert Gambina is proud parent of two children. His passion for adventure is undiminished and counts kayaking and cycling as his main pursuits.

Rachid Houari

Director – Tanger Med port

MBA graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées in Paris and graduate of engineering studies in Maritime and Ports from Southampton University, UK.

After a first experience in England and France, Rachid Houari worked for 5 years in the Roro passenger ferry and shipping business, he then joined Tanger Med -TMSA- in 2005 as Head of the Passenger and RORO Port, and since 2012 he is the Director of Tanger Med Port and also the MD of the Logistical Free Zone MEDHUB. He contributed in various major projects such as concession of container terminals, hydrocarbon, Renault & PSA Plants, but also contributed in various Logistic Hub facilities like Décathlon, Adidas Emirates, Bosch, 3M, DHL and Nippon Express.


President – European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA)

– EMPA President

– Active pilot at Kristiansand Port, Norway

Capt. Bertrand NDI MENDUGA

Head of Maritime Pilots Department – The Kribi Deep Sea Port

– Maritime Pilot and Head of Navigation Department at Kribi Deep Sea Port.

– Deep sea captain

– Mooring Master Offshore Cameroon

– Former pilot at Cotonou Port Authority

Mr. Eric Letrou

Officier de la Marine Marchande – Business Development – Wärtsilä, France

– Officier de la Marine Marchande

– Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä, France

Jonathon Pearce

Business Development Manager – OMC International

Captain Jonathon Pearce joined British Petroleum as a cadet in 1979 and has served in all ranks, including master, on various types of vessels. In 2006, he undertook numerous formal safety audits of UK ports. He is an expert witness on pilotage issues.

In 2008, he joined OMC International as their Business Development Manager.  In March 2014, he was sworn in as a Younger Brother of Trinity House. This year he became a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Capt. Mohamed RAFOUK

Chief Pilot – Director Simulator, Training & Development – Tanger Med Port Complex

Mr. Mohamed RAFOUK maritime experience began in 1990 as Seagoing Officer. He is became Maritime Pilot in 1999, and had practiced this profession in different ports in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is worth mentioning that he personally directed or actively participated in the achievements of various maritime projects in the different ports where he worked.

He joined the port of Tanger Med in 2006 and was a piece of the embryonic pilotage organization in Tanger Med. He was pilot on the first 400mLOA Emma Maersk on the port official start on July 2007.

He directed the VTS implementation and the realization of the 3D Simulator: Tanger Med Marine Simulator TMMS.


Ben van Scherpenzeel

Chairman – International Taskforce Port Call Optimization

Ben van Scherpenzeel has spent 15 years at sea as a deck officer, staff captain, and project manager of new build programs. He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004. He’s now director nautical developments, policy and plans.

His present responsibilities are optimization of port operations, port information, including being Chairman of the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization, Chairman Shipping Advisory board North Sea, and member of the IMO GIA Low Carbon Shipping group.

Simon Pelletier

President – International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

President of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

Capt. Ibrahim Sylla

Deputy Chief Pilot at Abidjan Port / President of the Abidjan Pilots Association

– Deputy Chief pilot at Abidjan Port since 1 February 2019

– President of Maritime Pilots Association, Ivory Coast since October 2015

– Maritime expert, registered at the Abidjan Court of Appeal since July 2013

– Holder of Deep Sea Captain Diploma from the Regional Academy of Sea Sciences and Techniques,  Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 2003

– Holder of Diploma in Entrepreneurship Marketing & Managerial Business Administration, SCI USA, 2013.

Ech Cherki Tahori

Chief Pilot Designated Person – Quality Management – Tanger Med Port Complex

Ech Cherki Tahori was Second Captain of the Merchant Marine for more than 6 years. He continued his career at the port of Nador as a pilot for 6 years. Subsequently, he became head of the POLMAR center in the eastern Mediterranean zone of Morocco.

Then, he was responsible for the design, running-in, and implementation of the Oil Pollution Control System and later that of management. In 2006, he joined the Tanger Med Port Complex where he is currently Chief Pilot Designated Person – Quality Management.

Miguel Vieira de Castro

President – APIBARRA, Portugal

Miguel Vieira de Castro started his career at sea as second officer on general cargo, Ro-Ro and bulk carrier vessels. Currently, he serves as a Harbour Pilot in Sines.

Since 2013, he’s also a Lecturer at the Portuguese Nautical Academy, teaching Port and Maritime Technology, Maritime Safety and Stowage Systems, a consultant in technical and safety matters and internal auditor on ISO standards.

Since 2015, he was elected as Vice-President at the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA). In the same year, he was elected as President of the Portuguese Marine Pilots’ Association (APIBARRA).

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