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


Chris Moorey OBE, Head of Maritime

Chris Moorey joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and spent the next couple of decades serving in a variety of Fishery Protection Vessels, Frigates and Destroyers. In 2006 he joined HQ British Forces South Atlantic Islands as the Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence and Current Operations. Returning to the UK in 2008, he worked in Navy Command Headquarters before escaping to the Indian Ocean to take up the roles of British Representative and Commander British Forces in the British Indian Ocean Territory, between early 2010 and early 2011.

Further overseas tours then followed, first as the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, between 2011 and 2014, followed by a further 3-year assignment as the head of the Current Operations Maritime Section within “Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO”, based in Lisbon, Portugal. His final assignment in the Royal Navy before leaving the service in late 2021 was as the Naval and Air Attaché, Ankara, Turkey. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Chris took up post as Head of Maritime Authority in September 2022.


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 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