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Roberto Patruno.

Rear Admiral Roberto Patruno, Italian Navy – Coast Guard (Ret.)

Navy Officer by education Rear Admiral R. Patruno is native of Corato, a small town in Puglia, a region in the South of Italy, facing the Adriatic and Ionian seas.
In 1968 he graduated from the Italian Navy Collage as a Lieutenant of the Harbor Master – Coast Guard Corp, where he served with great distinction for 33 years achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. His initial duties were in the Harbor Master Offices of Livorno, Bari and Rome where he chaired the SMD unit, being responsible of the administration of 160 km. of coastline and related territorial waters area, including safety matters in ports and in coastal industrial installations. In 1984 he was appointed as Deputy Director to the National Maritime Emergency Centre (PROCIVILMARE) at the Italian Civil Protection Department Headquarters, to assist the Director in dealing with major emergency at sea related to search and rescue, marine pollution, evacuation of population from coastal areas, etc. In 1992 he was seconded for a three years period to the European Commission (DG Environment – Civil Protection) in Brussels as a national expert in the field of protection of the marine environment and civil protection. In that position he was dealing with matters related to legal international instruments and agreements to which the European Community is party (Ospar Convention 1972, Barcelona Convention 1976 and its Protocols, Mediterranean Action Plan, Lisbon Agreement, Bonn Agreement, Helsinki Convention 1992. In 1995, upon termination of his mandate in Brussels, he was assigned to the Operational Department (IMRCC) of the Coast Guard Headquarters where he led for three years the newly created International Relationship Office. In October 1998, he was appointed as Director of the “Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre of the Mediterranean Sea” (REMPEC), Malta, the IMO/UNEP regional centre established in 1976, within the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Regional Seas Program of UNEP, which he chaired with excellent results up to 31 December 2006, when he retired from active duty.

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