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The Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) at Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Hugh commenced his maritime career in 1974 with Mobil Shipping Company before coming ashore and joining HM Coastguard in 1981. Since that time he has mainly specialised in search and rescue and counter pollution and salvage operations. In 2004 Hugh became Deputy to the SOSREP and four years later he was appointed as the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention representing the Transport Secretary for shipping accidents and the Energy Secretary for accidents within the oil and gas sector. Since taking up his post as the SOSREP on 1 January 2008, Hugh has been involved in over 600 incidents including the MSC NAPOLI, LT CORTESIA, ICE PRINCE, RIVERDANCE, YEOMAN BONTRUP, SHELL GANNET PIPELINE, PETROJARL BANFF FPSO, MSC FLAMINIA, HOEGH OSAKA and most recently the LYSBLINK SEAWAYS.