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.


Deputy Harbour Master 

This position is currently vacant

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Steve Winn, Maritime Officer


Steve served as a MP in the RAF for eight years before moving to the Police. After specialising in Crime, Surveillance and Dogs he completed his service as a specialist SIO. Steve is a Yachtmaster and has performed various shore and sea-going roles for a maritime charity in North America. Outside of work, Steve is a qualified pilot, travelled from the Arctic circle to the Sahara solo on his motorbike and assisted with SailAbility Hong Kong.

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Lydia Hutchinson, Maritime Officer


Lydia originally graduated with a BA in English from University of Liverpool and worked in roles such as Radio Producer for BBC, event and CPD co-ordinator for the Royal Institute of British Architects, and Development Manager for the Association of Port Health Authorities, before making a career change in 2011 to the Merchant Navy. After gaining her OOW she sailed as Third Officer on board Carnival UK cruise ships for five years before coming ashore in 2019 to study MSc in Environmental Consultancy.