August 2023 


Changes at the top!

At the recent General meeting , Bob Gray Vice-President Regulatory Compliance for Survival Systems International took over the role of Chair of the Association. SSI, formerly Whittaker Capsules, was a founding member of ILAMA . Bob has been working with SSI for more than 35 years and has represented the company within ILAMA since 1999. Throughout this time Bob has been a regular ILAMA attendee at IMO MSC, DE and SSE meetings.

A new Vice Chair of the Association was elected, Søren Baumann Rasmussen, Manager Global Rules and Regulations at Viking Life-saving Equipment A/S in Denmark.

Søren has a background as Master Mariner and Marine Engineer. He sailed for almost a decade on container and offshore vessels in various positions before he joined the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), with roles such as Port State Control Officer and Senior Ship Surveyor, surveying foreign and domestic ships for a period, before he joined the Regulatory and Legal affairs department in the DMA, taking part in various IMO and EU meetings. He has joined Viking in the new role, and continues with the responsibility for Regulatory affairs.


July 2021 


A new Chair and Vice Chair for ILAMA – June 2021

Due to Covid restrictions, the Biannual General Meeting of ILAMA took place via Zoom on 23 June 2021. In his welcome, Harry Klaverstijn, the outgoing chairman, said that whilst it was good to see so many people on screen, it was hoped that face to face meetings would resume soon.

Harry informed the members attending, that, as well as stepping down as chairman, he would be retiring from Palfinger Marine at the end of June. Harry’s long and distinguished involvement with ILAMA has taken place over 20 years during which he has also held the positions of the Association’s Technical Committee Chairman and Director.

David Parslow of Survitec Zodiac takes over the role of chairman of the Association for the next two years and Bob Gray from Survival Systems International was elected Vice Chairman. Survival Systems International (formerly Whittaker Capsules) was a founder member of ILAMA

The sad passing of Jane Goodwin and Peter Reinke

At their recent General Meeting, ILAMA members kept a minute’s silence in the memory of two very respected colleagues and friends who had recently passed away. Jane Goodwin after a long illness and Peter Reinke very suddenly. All who had the privilege to know and work with Jane and Peter within ILAMA and in the wider maritime safety industry acknowledge the sad loss of their individual passion, extensive knowledge and experiences of life-saving appliances. A great many messages of condolence were received and passed on to their families.

International Life-saving Appliance Manufacturers’ Association


All change …. June 2019

July 12th, 2019 by Admin

At the recent Annual General Meeting, which took place against the backdrop of the magnificent buildings of the University of Greenwich in London,  Harry Klaverstijn from Palfinger Marine took over as Chair of the Association.  Harry’s involvement in ILAMA has been considerable. He was most recently Vice Chair and for many years chaired the Association’s Technical Committee.  Harry took over from Jane Goodwin (Mullion Manufacturing) and at the meeting members thanked her for her contribution to the Association over the past four years. A new Vice Chair was elected – David Parslow of Survitec Zodiac who will work alongside Harry.


Safety at Sea

June 21st, 2017 by admin

ILAMA is very pleased to be involved in Safety At Sea Awards 2017 and congratulates Safety At Sea on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary.


New Chairman and Vice Chairman

June 20th, 2017 by admin

At the recent Annual General Meeting, which took place on the HQS Wellington in London on 2 June,  Mr. Manolis Petassis of Norsafe Hellas, was thanked for his work during the past two years as he stepped down and Mrs. Jane Goodwin of Mullion Manufacturing took over the role of Chair of the Association.  At the same time Mr. Harry Klaverstijn from Palfinger was elected Vice Chair of the Association.