ARIE NYGH

ITA Patron

Founding ITA Patron Arie Nygh has had >30 years as a tugmaster, training master, operations manager and consultant in the towage sector. He conceptualised the ITA and worked with Steve and a group of likeminded industry leaders to bring it into fruition. He is currently MD of the SeaWays Consultants Group, which is involved in all facets of the towage industry, including having trained >800 tugmasters.

STEVE SANDY

ITA President

Steve was voted in to the position of President this year, after stepping down as the General Managers after 6 years in the role for the ITA.

He has been involved in the towage industry for 26 years from Boy seaman to Master and has spent the last 6 years as Training Master delivering live onboard training and simulator based training around the world.
Still will still be involved in the technical side of the day to day running of the ITA and is hoping to grow the membership numbers even more by adding new and exciting additions to the website.

DAAN MERKELBACH

ITA Chairman

Manager Training and Consultancy at Kotug International B.V. Rotterdam Area, Netherlands.
It was decided by the Executive committee that after years of very good work spent on Tugmasters issues and contributing to every idea the ITA members had that Daan had rightly deserved to be awarded the Chairmanship of the ITA and took over from Alan Loynd.

ROBERT UNDERHILL

ITA General Manager

Our Mr. Rope! Robert has worked in Maritime Training and Sales concentrating on rope since joining the Australian Navy in 1965. He has been a Tug Master, taought Navigation and Seamanship and in the last 20 years developed a knowledge of Dyneema ropes that is very comprehensive. If he can not answer your questions, he will know who can.

CHRIS STOCKMAN

ITA Vice President

Tugmaster and Training Master in Melbourne Australia for PB Towage. Chris has an extensive safety culture and has produced amazing articles for our InTerAction magazine on this subject.

Lance Murray

ITA Vice President

Lance was welcomed to the ITA as Vice President this year at the AGM. Lance for many years has been an active member of the ITA online and within the forum. He travels the world to enhance his knowledge of all things tugs and his personal investment is commendable. Lance lives in Mackay Queensland Australia.

LES THOMAS

ITA Vice President

Tugmaster at Port of portland Australia. Les bring a wealth of experience to the ITA and gets respect from all who meet him for his observations and dedication to getting the best for everyone.

MARK GROSSHAND

ITA Executive Member

Mark has 39 years in the industry of which 31 years were as Master in Command. Ocean & coastal towing, harbour operations, consulting.

NEIL SADLER

ITA Executive Member

Contract Manager at Serco Marine Services
38 years in the towage industry, Master of all propulsion types and qualified Training Master.

JAYNE HOGARTH

ITA Executive Member

Hi. My name is Jayne Hogarth and I work for Mermaid Marine Australia in Dampier, Western Australia. I am currently on a 50 meter diesel electric Azimuth Stern Drive Offshore Support Vessel called the Mermaid Sound. I have approx. 10 years’ experience in the offshore Oil and Gas industry.

Alex Vecka

ITA Executive Member

Alex is a Senior Partner in TUG Towage Unlimited Group working in Port Hedland Australia. This port has up to 18 Cape size ships a day exporting Iron Ore and currently has 19 tugs of which Alex is a qualified trainer for all assets.

TOBY FREEMAN

ITA Executive Member

Marine Consultant, Bargemaster, Anchor Pattern Designs for Hook-Up/S-Lay, Towmaster, Marine Advisor, Port Manager.

Simulator Instructor for Basic and Advanced Training for Offshore/Terminal (SPM) Operations. Training operations undertaken in The U.S.A. Denmark, The Netherlands, U.K. Kuwait, Qatar, Panama, Peru, Bahamas and U.A.E.

PARIS DEMETRIOU

ITA Executive Member

Assist vessels enter and leave the Cyprus ports with safety.
I was in charge of operation of tankers and as well as an officer for charts publications,communication,safety of ship

MATT MCGUIRE

ITA Executive Member

Started my seafarer days as a Fisherman at the age of 15.
Have been captain on, longline tuna & shark, crayfishing, crab fishing vessels as well as pilot vessels, multicats/ dredge assist tugs, pusher tugs, coastal & offshore towing tugs, tug & barge, anchor handling ,mooring systems and inspection, dive vessels, charter yachts. As well as chief mate on 50m AHTS vessels in offshore supply and towing.
Currently master on ASD & ROTOR tugs performing harbour towage and indirect escort.

PIERRE JOURDAIN

ITA Executive Member

Paris is a Tugmaster in Montreal Canada. a Dedicated and professional approach to himself and others within the industry.

CHRIS STRACHAN

ITA Executive Member

Tugmaster and Training Master at Centre Point Wellington New Zealand. Chris has extensive ASD experience and develops best practice and safety matters to the attention of other port users.