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AMSA meets Australia’s new Permanent Representative to the IMO

Wednesday 7 May 2014

AMSA met with Australia’s incoming Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Hon. Alexander Downer, in Melbourne on 5 May.

(L-R): Brendan Hodgson, Business Relations Officer, DFAT; Brad Groves, General Manager Navigation Safety & International Division, AMSA; the Hon. Alexander Downer, High Commissioner designate to the United Kingdom; Julian Mitchell, Manager Search and Resc

AMSA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley, General Manager of Navigation Safety and International Division Brad Groves, and Manager Search and Rescue Resources Julian Mitchell, accompanied Mr Downer on his first Dornier flight and provided him with a pre-posting briefing on IMO issues of significance for Australia. 

Mr Downer has been appointed High Commissioner designate to the United Kingdom, and plans to take up his appointment in London on 20 May. He has led an impressive career, serving as Australia’s foreign minister from 1996 to 2007 and receiving a Centenary Medal for his contributions to Australian society in 2001. As Australia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO, Mr Downer will work closely with Australia’s Alternate Permanent Representative to the IMO, Anthony Hogan, to provide invaluable support for Australia through his engagement on key IMO issues.

AMSA looks forward to working with Mr Downer in the future to ensure Australia’s continued commitment and representation at the IMO.