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CYPnaval Conference - October 2nd - Cyprus

October 2nd 2019
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Royal Navy's 1 Day Shipping Managers' Course - July 10th - London, UK

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CSOA First Response Report: Iran Drone Attack

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Asia Representative

September 9th 2016
Our members in Asia have advised that they would like a trusted and experienced local contact point, with over 15% of our members in the region and spread through 8 countries we fully agree. With 28 years’ experience Thomas Timlen contributes both experience-based knowledge and strategic skills and we welcome him to the CSO Alliance management team. 

Thomas’ primary activity is to be a local contact point for Asia based CSOs, attending the local forums, building up the membership and ensuring our works remains fully aligned with our Industry sponsors. 

On maritime security, Thomas initially became involved with the threats of piracy and armed robbery by providing advice and guidance to members of the international shipping association BIMCO. In that capacity he was responsible for raising related industry concerns at the International Maritime Organisation, where he was also engaged with the refinement of anti-piracy guidelines for ships and coastal states, as well as guidance on related investigations and the preservation of evidence.

Building on his work with piracy he took on responsibilities related to the prevention of stowaway boardings, the smuggling of drugs on merchant ships, acts of extortion and fraud, as well as illegal migration in the form of fake crew changes. The compilation of such preventative measures within BIMCO’s ShipMaster’s Security Manual was achieved on his watch, several years before ships were required to have an approved Ship Security Plan on board in accordance with the ISPS Code.

Speaking of the ISPS Code, during its development at the IMO Thomas was looking out for industry’s interests to ensure that the security requirements would not become too onerous. Working closely with stakeholders on both sides of the table the outcome was more balanced than the initial drafts, in that for each requirement placed on ships’ crew and equivalent requirement was placed on port facility staff.          

His career in shipping began in 1988 when he joined the Claims and Insurance Section of ScanDutch A/S. In 1990 he began a long career with BIMCO which led to postings including the Head of BIMCO's Security and International Affairs Department and ultimately Asia Liaison Officer. In 2007 he was invited by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University to serve as a Visiting Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Whilst with BIMCO he has represented the views of the international shipping community during sessions of the United Nations' International Maritime Organisation's Maritime Safety Committee and Facilitation Committee as well as at sessions of the World Customs Organisation and the International Organization for Standardization. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from Boston University.  Amongst other things he was recently commissioned to study the frequency of potentially fraudulent reporting of incidents of piracy and armed robbery. In his free time Thomas is an avid cyclist, runner and photographer.

As the threats, perceived or real, continue to appear at sea and ashore, Thomas seeks to ensure that the lessons learned from the past are not forgotten as new preventative measures are developed.