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IMCA appoints head of Policy & Regulatory affairs

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Margaret Fitzgerald

  • Maritime lawyer joins the IMCA Secretariat

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Margaret Fitzgerald as its Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs. She will represent the Association on all regulatory matters and lead its involvement with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where IMCA holds non-governmental observer status.

Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in shipping. She previously worked for the IMO Secretariat, leading on the development of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and related regulations on the carriage of hazardous chemicals and noxious and polluting substances, including the HNS Convention.

She subsequently worked for a member of the International Association of Classification Societies as a senior safety and environmental specialist, before qualifying as a lawyer with a leading International maritime law firm specialising in shipping and energy.

In private practice Margaret worked on several major disputes in the shipping and offshore sectors; including being an expert adviser for the Hanjin Pennsylvania and the DG Harmony incidents.

IMCA’s CEO, Allen Leatt, said: “We are delighted to welcome Margaret to the Secretariat. Margaret is highly qualified in the regulatory field and brings a wealth of experience from the maritime industry which will serve IMCA and its members very well.”

Margaret is a qualified maritime lawyer and chemical scientist who holds Chartered status with the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem) and Chartered status with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).

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