Head of the IMO Audit Division at Directemar Chile
Chair for Scientific Groups Meetings of the Scientific Groups on London Convention and Protocol 2022-2023
Commander Enrique Vargas is a graduated naval officer from the Chilean Naval Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree as a Maritime Administration Engineer and multiple studies related to environmental protection and climate change, including a Master’s Degree in Maritime Affairs with a specialization in Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection, from the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden (2006)
Between 2012 -2021 served as Head of the Marine Environment Protection and Marine Pollution Service of the Chilean Maritime Authority (DIRECTEMAR) and since 2017 as Head of the Climate Change Office of the Chilean Navy.
In these positions he was responsible for implementing the environmental policy and international regulations in the roles of the Maritime Authority, leading working groups for the development of technical guidelines in matters related with environmental impact assessment and compliance of activities that take place in the marine environment.
During the last 10 years, he has represented Chile at multilateral forums on environmental protection, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the APEC Forum. He has also managed technical cooperation programs in the Latin American Region and the Community of Caribbean countries (CARICOM), as well as projects of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation forum (APEC).
Since 2012 he has been linked to the issues associated with the London Convention and Protocol, participating as head of delegation in the meetings of the Scientific Groups and as well as Contracting Parties.
In 2015 he was elected as the vice-chair of the Scientific Groups for the “London Convention and Protocol (LC / LP)”, assuming as Chair of the meetings in 2020.
Currently he is the head of the IMO Audit Division at Directemar, responsible for arrangements to the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) in Chile.