The Norwegian Government is proud to present the candidature of Mr Gaute Sivertsen as Director of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. The election will be held during the 26th regular session of the 1992 Funds Assembly in November 2021.
Norway attaches great importance to the work of the IOPC Funds and has been an active member since its inception. Norway was also one of the founding members of the Supplementary Fund, and was further the first state to ratify the 2010 HNS Convention. Norway has a long and proud maritime history and has been one of the world’s leading shipping nations since the late 19th century. Norway is strongly committed to maritime safety, environmental protection and a well-functioning liability and compensation regime.
Mr Gaute Sivertsen has extensive experience in international law and maritime policy. Mr Sivertsen’s broad-based experience, diplomatic skills, personal integrity and efficient leadership, makes him an outstanding candidate for the position as Director of the International Oil Pollution Compensations Funds. Norway is convinced that Sivertsen’s professional career and personal qualities will make a valuable contribution to the IOPC Funds.
Mr Sivertsen is a Director in the Maritime Department in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and has served as Chair of the 1992 Fund Assembly from October 2011 to March 2021. He has previously served as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2000-2002. These entrusted positions has given him a solid experience with claims handling and expert knowledge of the 1992 CLC and Fund Conventions. It has also provided a very good insight into all aspects of the operation of the IOPC Funds.
Mr Sivertsen has been Head of Delegation to the IMO Legal Committee since 1998 and has represented Norway at the Council and Assembly for several years. He has also participated actively in the development of a number of legal instruments in the International Maritime Organization, such as the 1992 CLC Convention and the 1992 Fund Convention, the 2001 Bunker Convention, the 2003 Supplementary Fund Protocol and the 2010 HNS Protocol. In addition to his vast international experience, he also has an extensive domestic maritime portfolio. This portfolio covers legal and policy issues, including a wide spectrum of issues relating to maritime compensation, seafarer issues, maritime safety and security. He is responsible for management oversight and governance of the Norwegian Maritime Authority. He is further responsible for coordination of all matters relating to the International Maritime Organization. He has a long experience in briefing and advising ministers and dealing and negotiating with private bodies and foreign governments on all levels. More than 20 years’ experience at management level in the Ministry has also provided him with an excellent background for the management of the Secretariat, including personnel and financial issues.
Mr Sivertsen has represented Norway in bilateral, regional and multilateral settings throughout his career on questions relating to safety, security, environment, UNCLOS and promotion of maritime and shipping issues.
Serve, protect and adapt
Serve the Member States and victims of oil pollution:
- The Secretariat must at all times be able to assist Member States and victims of oil pollution to ensure proper compensations as soon as possible. Compensation is the core activity of the IOPC Funds and this must be given the highest priority.
- Actively assist Member States in implementing conventions with workshops and training programs.
Protect the Funds’ interests:
- Focus on cost control and good management of resources.
- Oil reports and collection of contributions to the Funds must remain a focus area. Look at possibilities of invoicing contributors based on estimates where there is a lack of oil reports from Member States.
- Seek cooperation, external funding and cost sharing on outreach and external activities. Continue to develop online training programs and courses based on experience from the Covid-19 situation. Promote the regime worldwide.
- Identify possible problems of implementation and proactively engage with Member States that have or may have issues of implementation.
Adapt to changing needs:
- Engage with Member States and other stakeholders to assess the need for change.
- Ensure that the Secretariat at all times is organised and set up in the best way to perform its duties.
- Employ an inclusive leadership style to ensure active staff participation and engagement and focus on continuous development of staff members skill set.
- Actively assist Member States in implementing the 2010 HNS Protocol in order to facilitate the entry into force of the 2010 HNS Convention as soon as possible, and make preparations for the first session of the HNS Assembly. Ensure that the Secretariat has the expertise to deal with new issues that relates to HNS claims such as personal injury claims.
- Continue discussions with Member States, IMO, industry and other stakeholders to find workable remedies to solve the insurance problems that typically relates to small ships with insurance outside the ordinary P&I system.