Farewell to Mr Jonathan Pace – Feb 04, 2015

In line with the decisions adopted by the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols (COP18), (Istanbul, 3-6 December 2013) with regard to REMPEC’s restructuring and new staffing, Mr Jonathan Pace who joined REMPEC in September 2002, as Programme Officer (Prevention), and who assumed the role of Officer-in-Charge/Head of Office of REMPEC in July 2015, terminated his duties at REMPEC on the 1st February 2015. The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) offered an alternative position at the IMO Headquarters in London to Mr Jonathan Pace who commenced his duties as Maritime Policy Development Officer within the IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division, on the 1 February 2015.

During the last thirteen years at REMPEC, Mr. Pace has been, inter alia, responsible for the activities of the Centre relating to the prevention of pollution from ships including inter alia the development and implementation of programmes and projects (e.g. EU-funded SafeMed I and SafeMed II Projects, GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast), etc.), the planning and organization of training activities, the drafting and editing of the Centre’s documents (e.g. Guidelines on the Decision Making Process for Granting Access to a Place of Refuge for Ships in Need of Assistance), and the provision of technical assistance and advice to the coastal States.

Mr Pace has proved to be a great pillar for REMPEC and we all remain thankful for his professional and outstanding contribution to REMPEC and to the MAP system especially during these last challenging years.  During a staff farewell lunch, Mr Gabino Gonzalez Deogracia, who took over Mr. Pace’s duties as Head of Office, paid tribute to Mr Jonathan Pace’s dedicated service to the Centre and presented him with the crest of REMPEC and with a small memento.

All the Staff Members at REMPEC wish Mr Pace success and happiness in his new position at IMO.