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Our small Curacao based team provides management, administrative and technical support. 

Benjamin Allee, Director
 

"The Caribbean waters is like a paradise, that's why RAC REMPEITC cares and endeavors to maintain it like that in minimizing the risk of pollution"

Benjamin Allee, Director
T: +5999 868-3409

Benjamin Allee was appointed Director to RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe during the 7th Steering Committee, in May 2014. The Director is a direct appointment by the Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning of Curacao (Dutch Caribbean). Mr. Allee has also been serving the Maritime Authority of Curacao for almost 20 years, and currently serves as the Authority’s Deputy Director.

Prior to his career as a public officer Mr. Allee served for several years as a Merchant Marine Officer in different commercial vessels.

Mr Allee obtained his bachelor degree from the Universidad Maritima de Caribe and a Master’s of Nautical Science from the Escuela de Estudios Superiores de la Marina Mercante. 

Carla Bikker, Operations Manager
 

"RAC REMPEITC has earned an excellent reputation for helping developing countries meet their international obligations to protect the Caribbean Sea"

Carla Bikker, Operations Manager
T: +5999 839-3716

Carla Bikker is the Operations Manager at RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe, seconded by the Government of Curacao (Dutch Caribbean). The Operations Manager is a direct appointment by the Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning of Curacao.  Ms. Bikker has been working at RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe since its beginning in 1995.

Ms. Bikker graduated from Higher Professional Education (HBO), and has specializations in Financial Management, English Business Communication, Project Management and Office Management.

Prior to joining RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe, Ms. Bikker worked as a financial adviser and served as an advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Matthew Richards, IMO Consultant
Matthew Richards, IMO Consultant
T: (+5999) 839-3704

Lieutenant Commander Matt Richards reported to Curacao in July 2018 where he is seconded to the International Maritime Organization as the U.S. Coast Guard’s consultant to the Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean, where he assists 33 Caribbean Nations and Territories to prevent and respond to pollution from ships and enforce international environmental standards.

Prior to this assignment, he served as: a member of the Incident Management Division and then as the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Chief at Sector Long Island Sound, in New Haven, CT; the Patrol Boat Manager and Port and Waterways Coastal Security Specialists at District 13, in Seattle, WA; an Enforcement Officer at Sector Anchorage, AK; and a Deck Watch Officer on the CGC TAHOMA, in Portsmouth, NH.

He received his Commission upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2006 with a BS in Operations Research and Computer Analyzation. He holds a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University (2016).

Floyd Patterson, IMO Consultant
Floyd Patterson, IMO Consultant
T: (+5999) 839-3718

Lieutenant Commander Floyd Patterson reported to Curacao in July 2018 where he is seconded to the International Maritime Organization as the Jamaica Defense Force Coast Guard’s (National Reserve) consultant to the Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean, where he assists 33 Caribbean Nations and Territories to prevent and respond to pollution from ships and enforce international environmental standards.

Prior to this assignment, he served as: Navigating Officer ; Diving ans Salvage Officer ; Naval Ship Captain ; Officer Commanding the coast Guard ; National Director for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (secondment) ; Officer Commanding in the Jamaica Defense force Transport Unit ; Deputy Director for the Office of Disaster Preparedness ans Emergency Management (ODPEM) ; Mayor of the town of Port Antonio ; Councillor for a political area in Portland, Jamaica.

He is a graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College (England), the U.S Coast guard Training Centre, the Pearson's Peace Keeping Centre (Canada), the Canadian Coast Guard College and the U.S Naval War College.

Recent activities

To promote its objectives, RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe conducts national and regional activities throughout the Wider Caribbean Region

  • National workshop on contingency planning and implementation of the OPR ...
    October 17 - 19, 2018
  • Regional workshop on the AFS Convention and the Biofulling Guidelines.
    June 19 - 21, 2018
  • 9th Ordinary Steering Committee Meeting
    June 05 - 07, 2018
  • Workshop on Oil Spill Response Equipment, Simulation Exercises and Co-o ...
    October 02 - 05, 2017