The IMCS Training Academy team

Walter Vervloesem

Ex Chief Officer (reefer, gen. cargo, container & LPG).
Chairman of IMCS Group of Companies Ltd (UK) – 19 offices.
Director of the IMCS Training Academy.
Marine consultant and surveyor.
Fellow of the Nautical Institute and founder of the Nautical Institute Belgian Branch.
Author of various major reference works on ship inspections, hatch covers and mooring equipment (published by the Nautical Institute).
Training course instructor since 2001.

Laura De Wel

Laura De Wel has a Master’s degree in Nautical Sciences. After a carreer as Chief Officer (chemical tankers) she is now shore-based and active as marine surveyor with IMCS BV since 2013.
Specialist fields : Hatch cover inspections, P&I condition surveys, tanker related surveys and claims, pre-load surveys, flag state inspections.

Philippe Van Dijck

Philippe Van Dijck, associate of Ambos NBGO Lawyers Antwerp, specialises in transport law, port related issues and general commercial law.
He obtained his Master of Laws degree at the University of Antwerp and obtained an LLM degree in International Commercial and Maritime Law at the University of Swansea (Wales).

Capt. Johan Buysse

Master Mariner
Master’s degree in nautical science
Studies : Antwerp Marine Academy
11 years as master on heavy lift vessels
22 years cargo-superintendent and surveyor
Specialist fields :
Lashing & Securing of heavy lifts
Ice navigation
Major reference work published by the Nautical Institute : Handling Ships in Ice (2007) – (2018)

Sam Pipano

Fully accredited Mechanical Engineer MSc
Master in Business Administration
Manager at Fortotech Ltd. Piraeus (Greece)
Specialised in :
Hatch covers (design, spare parts, inspection and repairs)
Cranes (hydraulic and mechanical spare parts, modernization units)
Hydraulics (problem solving, spare parts, redesign)
Macgregor 1995-2006 (Finland & Greece – spare parts manager and special projects manager)

Ir. Tycho Van Peteghem

Technical Manager at Cargo Care Solutions
Msc Mechanical Engineering – Executive MBA
Master Ship Superintendency – Lloyd’s Maritime Academy
Active in Design of Cargo Securing and Handling systems for more than 12 years
Design and Engineering of Lifting and Securing Equipment
Advice on lashing and lifting materials
Certification & Regulations