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

Carla Bikker, Director (Acting)
 

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

Carla Bikker, Director (Acting)
T: +5999 839-3716

Carla Bikker is the Director (Acting) at RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe, seconded by the Government of Curacao (Dutch Caribbean). The Director 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 has a Bachelor degree in Financial Management, English Business Communication, Project Management and Office Management.

Prior joining RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe Ms. Bikker worked as a financial and loan advisor at a bank and served as a counselor at 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 Maritime Authority of Jamaica consultant to the Regional Activity/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre 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. He is a Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (National Reserve) Officer.

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, Belize
    May 14 - 17, 2019
  • National workshop on contingency planning, St. Kitts
    March 11 - 14, 2019
  • Regional workshop on OPRC level 2 and incident management systems train ...
    January 01 - December 31, 2019
  • National workshop on contingency planning, Cuba
    November 13 - 15, 2018