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.

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)

Rob Van Uffellen

After his seagoing carreer, Rob van Uffelen worked as global manager Dangerous Cargo for P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line.  Amongst many other things he participated for 12 years in IMO-DSC meetings.
In 2007 he started the training and advisory company IMO-Advies.
Some of the projects  done :
Trainings on behalf of IMO
Training of Shipping Lines (shore and sea staff)
Training of local authorities
Speaker on small  industry seminars in Holland
Ship’s denial of entry into port with radio-active material (WNTI and IAEA).

Mark Bull

Captain Mark Bull—Programme Manager Nautical Institute Navigation Assessor Course
47 years within the shipping industry
27 years at sea (multiple ship types)
5 years in command
14 years in ship management
Qualified teacher
Contributor to the NI publication “Navigation Assessments”
Navigation Assessor standard and course developer

Michael Ryden

Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry and 10+ years in shore based management.
Michael has extensive experience within shipping, with comprehensive knowledge about international rules and regulations, as well as industry requirements and guidelines surrounding this part of the shipping industry.
Studies : Master Mariner Unlimited, Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science (BSc) – Chalmers Lindholmen University College
Maritime Business Management – Lloyd`s Maritime Academy
Engineer Class VI – Chalmers Lindholmen University College

Marnix Delée

Marnix is a maritime professional with 20 years’ experience, both at sea and landside, of the nautical chain. He attained the rank of Chief Mate in the Merchant Navy and served as a Senior Traffic Controller for the Harbourmasters’ Office in the Port of Antwerp.
His operational pedigree was key to his appointment as Senior Policy Advisor for the Traffic Management Division. He is adept at analysing visions and strategies in the planning phase, identifying flaws and unforeseen complications.

Pierre Ferret

Captain & engineer Graduated B.P.P.N – S.T.C.W 95 / Capt 200. (200 UMS Master certificate)
Independent marine & cargo surveyor
Professional trainer
Manager IMCS France – Med
Development of various training courses (specific pedagogical products/programs) within the I.F.E.P (port cooperation and training institute – France).