Who are we?

About FIMA

The Maritime Authority sits within the Directorate of Emergency Services and Island Security (DESIS) and has the responsibility to implement and enforce maritime standards on vessels in our waters, and on those Flagged to the Falkland Islands.

Areas of responsiblity and interest include:

  • hydrographic data and charts
  • buoyage and navigational lights
  • Search & Rescue coordination
  • accident and incident investigation on board vessels in our waters
  • propagation of meteorological and navigation warning information
  • training provision and coordination in areas such as Oil Spill Response
  • legislation & guidance on maritime matters

 Our people


Head of Maritime

This position is currently vacant

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Jo Cox, Harbour Master 


Jo is an experienced Master Mariner who has spent much of her career visiting the Falklands, initially with British Antarctic Survey, where she spent 10 seasons sailing in all ranks from Cadet to Chief Officer on both the RRS James Clark Ross and the RRS Ernest Shackleton. Jo also spent three years working in the role of Government Officer on South Georgia between 2012 and 2014, until she joined the RRS Discovery, sailing as Master for four years, including on the vessel's maiden visits to both South Georgia and the Falklands.


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Steuart Barlow, Deputy Harbour Master 

Stu knows the Falklands and South Georgia waters extremely well, having worked on board the fishery patrol vessel MV Pharos SG since 2006. Starting as 3rd Officer and working his way up to Chief Mate, a post he has held for the last 7 years, he has experienced many of the unique challenges faced by mariners in our waters first hand. His seagoing life began in 2000 since when he has worked on various vessels including Stena Line passenger ferries, tug boats, yachts in Malta and volunteering as a Lieutenant with the Sea Cadets.

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Nomali Port, Maritime Officer

Mally is the newest member of the team.  Mally is a qualified Chief officer with a backround in container vessels for over 5 years.  For the past 3 years she has been working for the South African Maritime Safety Authority as a ship surveyor where her duties included examination of seafarer certification, Port and Flag state inspections.  She is accompanied by her husband who is also qualified as a Chief Officer.  With Mallys surveyor experience, she will be an asset to our team here at the Falkland Islands Maritime Authority.




Andrew Miller, Maritime Officer

Andrew has experience, gained in a variety of roles in and around the Falklands. His maritime experience started in 1984 working for coastal shipping, before working for fortoza limited on Fisheries Survey Vessel Costal Pioneer around the Falkland’s. In 1988 he moved to the fisheries patrol vessel Falkland desire operated by J Marr.  A career change then came with a move to FIG in 1991, which included the Fire and rescue service for several years as a station commander and Aviation fire service manager before moving to the Fisheries department in 2013 as a fisheries protection officer. A short break in the private sector, in 2021 ensued before starting the role of maritime officer in January 2022