Mr. Bachofner joined IRI Maritime & Corporate Services (Switzerland) SA as Business Development Manager in June 2008 to open the Registry’s office in Geneva and was promoted to Director, Business Development in January of 2011. Throughout the past decade, Patrick has built a strongly international career in multiple business sectors. After growing up in both French and German sections of Switzerland, he attended university in the United States which led to a position with Deloitte & Touche. He then moved back to Geneva where he joined Japan Tobacco, allowing him to thoroughly explore the Asian markets. Prior to joining IRI, Patrick’s most recent position was with Hewlett-Packard where he played a variety of financial roles in FP&A and controlling within the European markets. He graduated cum laude from Babson College in Boston with a degree in Finance and Economics. His experience at sea includes sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with only one other crewmember.
Mr. Bonnett joined IRI’s London office in April 2010 as Safety & Technical Manager and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Technical in January 2018. His current responsibilities include oversight of the Recognized Organizations (Classification Societies), their application of statutory regulations, and controls to maintain the superior quality of the RMI fleet. Prior to joining IRI, Mr. Bonnett was employed by Lloyd’s Register (LR) since 1997 where he contributed in a multitude of roles including ship design and information systems, plan approval of ship structures, surveying of existing and newly constructed vessels, and business development within LR’s Asian market. Mr. Bonnett worked in South Korea for over nine years before moving back to LR’s London office in 2009 as a senior specialist concentrating on business improvement and planning. Mr. Bonnett earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Marine Technology with Honours in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Elizabeth S. Bouchard has nearly 30 years of experience in the maritime policy and regulatory fields. She joined IRI as Maritime Policy Advisor in the fall of 2008 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Regulatory Administration in 2014. Prior to joining IRI, Ms. Bouchard co-founded The SEALAW Group, a maritime and environmental regulatory compliance firm providing services to oil majors, independent vessel operators, and clean-up contractors. Early in her career, Ms. Bouchard held the position of Policy Analyst and then Director of Vessel Operations and Maritime Initiatives for the Transportation Institute, a US based maritime trade association. Ms. Bouchard has served as a liaison between industry and government, including serving on various US state and federal negotiating committees to craft more favorable legislation and regulations for the shipping industry. Ms. Bouchard received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology with Honors from Kenyon College and her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Marine Affairs with a concentration in Maritime Transportation from the University of Virginia. Ms. Bouchard is a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).
Gunnar Georgs was hired as Office Manager of IRI’s Hamburg office in April 2008 and was appointed Regional Manager in December 2009. Prior to joining IRI, he apprenticed at Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG in Hamburg, which led to a position in their Containers Chartering / Operations department. Afterwards Mr. Georgs worked as a competitive broker with F.H. Bertling KG Hamburg, where he concentrated on bulk cargoes and time charter contracts. He later worked out of the company’s offices in Singapore, Tokyo, and Shanghai, concentrating on newbuildings and sale and purchase activities besides the chartering activities. Mr. Georgs holds an executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics (Blue MBA) from CBS Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in London.
Mr. Kamitsis joined International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) Piraeus office in March 2009 as Safety & Technical Manager. Before joining IRI, Mr. Kamitsis held various positions in the technical departments of Greek shipping companies, including Superintendent, Engineer, and Technical Manager. He was responsible for Class and statutory survey matters, third party inspections, defects/damages restoration, and proper implementation of safety and environmental goals. He received his Bachelor of Science Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sunderland and his Bachelor of Science Honors in Mechanical and Marine Engineering from Liverpool John Moores University, where he also completed his Master of Science in Design and Simulation of Mechanical Systems.
Captain Amarjit Singh Kauchhur, former Manager of Quality Assurance for International Tanker Management Ltd. Dubai with over 20 years experience at sea, joined IRI in February 2009 as Regional Manager and opened the Dubai office on 1 April 2009. Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi, Captain Kauchhur joined the Shipping Corporation of India as a deck cadet in 1975 and was promoted to chief officer in 1987, sailing on tankers, bulkers, container and general cargo ships. He then moved to Barber Ship Management as a chief officer and was promoted to Master in 1990 while sailing VLCCs and then to Safety Officer in 1998. When Barber Ship Management was acquired by Dubai-based International Tanker Management in 1999, Captain Kauchhur was named Manager of Quality Assurance. He is a native of New Delhi, India, and was educated at India’s Air Force Central School and attended college in Jalandar, Punjab, before choosing a career at sea where he has completed numerous maritime courses.
Mr. Krijger joined IRI in 2004 as a Nautical Inspector, was promoted to Technical Marine Manager in 2007, appointed Fleet Operations Manager in 2009, and General Manager in 2015. For 10 years prior to joining IRI, Mr. Krijger had been working in ship management as a superintendent for Vroon Shipping and later at a dredger company. Since working for IRI, Mr. Krijger has been an exclusive flag State surveyor for ships in need of extended, and multi-day, inspections. Mr. Krijger graduated from the Maritime Institute,Vlissingen as a marine engineer and rose to the level of Chief Engineer after sailing a variety of ships including general cargo, tugboats, reefer and passenger ships.
Captain Lalas joined International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) Piraeus office in January 2009 as Fleet Operations Manager. Before joining IRI, Mr. Lalas gained experience at sea and also worked for many years for reputable Greek shipping companies. He is a graduate of Galaxidi Maritime Academy and completed his Master’s course at Hellenic Training Center for Further Education for Higher Sea Staff and holds a Captain Class “A” Diploma.
Mr. Lomas joined International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) London office as Regulatory Administration Manager in January 2015 after 30 years of activity in the shipping industry. Prior to joining IRI, Mr. Lomas served as Secretary General of the bulk carrier association, Intercargo, where he focused on issues such as opposing the criminalisation of seafarers with respect to accidental pollution, port State control (PSC) performance of bulk carriers, and coordinating activity to prevent loss of life from the liquefaction of solid bulk cargoes. Prior to joining Intercargo, Mr. Lomas held positions at the United Kingdom (UK) Chamber of Shipping focusing on offshore support vessel activities and Nippon Yusen Kaisha’s (NYK’s) Container Division. Mr. Lomas earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Administration (Transport) at the University of Salford.
Captain Sanjay Maini joined IRI in 2007 as Country Head of the Mumbai office. Capt. Maini has over 20 years experience at sea, including eight years spent as a Master on tankers. He has sailed with Teekay Shipping, BT Shipping and most recently Tesma Shipping (now Eitzen Maritime Services). While with Tesma, he helped develop standards with regards to safety, quality and security. Capt. Maini graduated from the prestigious T.S. Rajendra, a maritime institute in Mumbai, India and holds a Master Mariner’s license with no restrictions. He lectured part-time at the Maritime institute in New Delhi, India, teaching Tanker Economics and Tanker Safety.
Mr. Ramage joined IRI’s London office in March 2002 and was appointed Managing Director in January 2003. He was instrumental in the establishment of offices in Hamburg (2007), Roosendaal (2008), Mumbai (2008) and Dubai (2009) where he continues to have a management role. In 2009 Mr. Ramage accepted the title of Director, Worldwide Business Operations whereby he was responsible for IRI’s global network of offices. A resident of the United Kingdom, Mr. Ramage was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IRI in April of 2011 and continues to be responsible for operations of all worldwide offices, including IRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC/Reston. Mr. Ramage has an extensive background at sea having sailed with BP Tankers, Mobil Shipping and Maersk Line. He spent 14 years in the ship management industry, predominantly in Hong Kong with Denholm Ship Management and Eurasia Ship Management where he rose to Vice President, managing a fleet of 50 vessels. Mr. Ramage holds a Master Mariners Certificate and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Bachelor of Science Honours in Nautical Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic.
Ms. Richmond joined IRI’s London office in January 2012 as Vessel Registration Administrator and in April 2014 was promoted to Senior Vessel Registration Administrator. In January 2016, she was further promoted to Vessel Registration Manager. Before joining IRI, Ms. Richmond worked as a Property Negotiator in London where she was responsible for contract negotiation and communication with a diverse range of clients. Ms. Richmond graduated with Honors from Newcastle University with a B.S. in Geography and completed a professional development course administered by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, earning her a diploma in Ship Management with Merit from North Kent College.
Mark Rijsdijk joined IRI’s Roosendaal office in 2009 as Flag State Inspector and was promoted to Safety & Technical Manager in January 2013. Mr. Rijsdijk began his career as a dual-licensed maritime officer in Rotterdam, sailing on LPG carriers specifically designed to navigate the open sea as well as inland waterways of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In order to work on these specialized vessels, Mr. Rijsdijk was required to attain several safety and operational certifications including IMO-gas, ADNR-gas, and an Inland Waters license. During the nine years he worked on LPG carriers, Mr. Rijsdijk rose through the engineering and officer ranks, ultimately being appointed Chief Officer for the last four years of his career at sea. After sailing, Mr. Rijsdijk became Shift Team Leader / Loading Master at Euro Tank Terminal, a position focused on terminal operations safety and compliance. Immediately prior to joining IRI, Mr. Rijsdijk was employed by Lloyd’s Register Rotterdam in their Devolved Classification Executive department. This department served as liaison between several flag States, provided clients with technical and regulatory support, prepared dispensation requests, and supported surveyors in the field. Mr. Rijsdijk earned his Maritime Officer diploma from Scheepvaart en Transport College (STC) in Rotterdam.
Mr. Taverner joined IRI’s London office in September 2014 as Safety & Technical Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February 2015. Prior to joining IRI, Mr. Taverner spent 34 years at Lloyd’s Register (LR), where he held a variety of positions with responsibilities relating to structural analysis and development of LR’s rules and regulations. In his final position with LR as Principal Specialist for Governmental Affairs, he was responsible for maintaining relationships with flag States worldwide, including all agreements for delegation of statutory certification services. He is a former chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) General Policy Group and has represented IACS and the United Kingdom at International Maritime Organization meetings. Mr. Taverner spent 25 years in the Territorial Army serving as a Transport and Logistics Specialist and later as the Commandant of the Army Cadet Force in South West London. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from Newcastle University.
Mr. Theocharis joined International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) Piraeus office in June 2007. Since 2009, he was promoted to Regulatory Affairs European Liaison, and is responsible for attending International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings and assisting in flag State policy development. Prior to joining IRI, Mr. Theocharis worked for three (3) years as a Marine Superintendent with Louis Cruise Lines, and for three (3) years with Liger Marine Consultants where he provided consultation on matters of cruise ship safety and security. He received his Bachelor of Science Honors in Maritime Studies and Master of Science from Liverpool John Moores University. He is currently completing a Diploma in Marine Surveying at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.
René van der Voort joined IRI’s Roosendaal office in November 2015 as Safety & Technical Manager, Yachts, bringing with him over 18 years of experience in the maritime industry. He is responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of yachts from a technical and marine safety perspective, including those yachts under construction or undergoing a re-fit. Prior to joining IRI, he worked as a certified teacher and instructor at a training center in the Netherlands, where his teaching focused on the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), including fire safety, life-saving, and navigation related subjects. Mr. van der Voort is a certified fireman and commander. Before coming ashore in 2008, Mr. van der Voort spent 10 years at sea serving as a Deck Officer with a variety of companies, including Holland America Line. He rose to the position of Senior Second Officer before spending his final year at sea as a First Officer on board a passenger ferry in his native North Sea waters. He attended the Higher Maritime Academy “De Ruyter School,” in Vlissingen, the Netherlands where he obtained his Officer of the Watch and Master All Ships licenses.
Marc Verburg joined the Roosendaal office of IRI in November 2007 as Flag State Inspector, with over a decade of maritime and supervisory experience. He was promoted to Safety & Technical Manager in late 2009 and in January 2013 was promoted to Fleet Operations Manager, Yachts. Mr. Verburg is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of yachts from a technical and marine safety perspective, including those yachts under construction and undergoing a re-fit. Before joining IRI, Mr. Verburg worked with Amels Yacht Building as a Project Leader on newbuild projects. For over ten years prior, Mr. Verburg served as an Engineer with Holland America Line. Initially a Cadet Engineer, Mr. Verburg quickly assumed responsibilities of supervising a newbuild as 3rd Engineer. Mr. Verburg last served as Senior Second Engineer/First Engineer where his duties included managing the engine room, technical installation and coordinating the ship’s crew. Mr. Verburg obtained his licenses as Chief Engineer Small Commercial Vessels and Engineer Seagoing Commercial Vessels from Middle Maritime School and his Chief Engineer Sea Going Commercial Vessels license from Higher Maritime University in Vlissingen (The Netherlands).
Michael Wyler joined the IRI group of companies in 2000 as Director of Corporate Administration and was appointed Managing Director of IRI Corporate & Maritime Services (Switzerland) AG in 2005. Mr. Wyler has a proven track record of creating an increasing awareness for the Marshall Islands Corporate Program within the international financial sector. He maintains a strong focus on business development and on continuously improving marketing strategies to ensure relationships with current customers are supported and new markets are effectively developed. Prior to specializing in the offshore industry, Mr. Wyler gained broad entrepreneurial experience as principal and independent business owner in various business segments (cross-border transactions) including art-dealing, couture fashion and executive search. He holds a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of the Administrative Board of IRI (Switzerland) since 2001.
DIRECTOR, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS OPERATIONS / MANAGING DIRECTOR
Theo Xenakoudis joined IRI’s Piraeus office in 2001 as Business Development Manager after serving in the Greek Navy. In this role, Theo was instrumental in assisting with the promotion of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime and Corporate Registries in the Mediterranean region. In January 2007, Theo was promoted to Managing Director of IRI’s Piraeus office and continued to strengthen IRI’s relationship with the maritime and corporate communities in his marketing territory. He has also expanded the reach of the Piraeus office to include markets in Turkey, Italy, and Monaco while still maintaining a strong relationship with the Greek shipping community. In April 2011, Theo was given the additional responsibility of serving as IRI’s Worldwide Business Operations Officer, and in February 2015 was promoted to Director, Worldwide Business Operations. Theo holds a Bachelor of Science in Transport and Shipping (Insurance and Maritime Law Pathway) and received his Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Maritime Law from the Business College of Athens, in association with London Metropolitan University.