Session: Navigating the Regulatory Seas


Speakers: Peter Cardy and Sigurd Gude

Peter Cardy
Peter Cardy

Peter Cardy
Peter Cardy grew up on the south coast of England. As a child, awake or asleep, he dreamt of the sea and spent more time afloat than at school. He developed a lifelong interest in the sea and maritime matters. After taking part in the 1962 Tall Ships Race he became a sailing instructor and expected to have a maritime career.  Instead, after university he was appointed to run a new adult education centre, following which he spent forty years heading national voluntary organisations and charities, the last three of them concerned with the dread diseases of MND, MS, and cancer. 

At sixty his working life took another unexpected turn when he was appointed CEO of the UK shipping administration, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. He describes this as the biggest learning curve of all – getting to grips with the complexity of merchant shipping regulation in an international context, as well as navigation safety, certification and welfare of seafarers, maritime search and rescue and pollution control.His fascination for the sea means he has a voracious appetite for knowledge about his new environment. His wide experience of research, horizon scanning and working with volunteers have already proved helpful.

The link between working for charities and working for the MCA is his concern for our fellow human beings. He says that, since this is the only world of which we can be certain, we should try to leave it a better place than we found it.

Sigurd Gude
Sigurd Gude

Sigurd Gude


Deputy Director General , Norwegian Maritime Directorate00-01: Risk analysis engineer, Safetec Nordic AS
93-99: Exec. Vice President, Kværner Ships Equipment
90-93: Technical Director, Norw. Gas Carriers
87-90: Administration Manager, Dr. techn Olav Olsen
83-86: Technical Director, SSB Management
81-78: Ships equipment supplier, area manager
71-78: Superintendent
61-71: Sea time and education as engineer

Post Education

NTNU, Trondheim
2001: Risk- og FMECA analyses
The Norwegian Shipping Academy:
1993: Internal auditing 1992: Contingency and crisis management
Cambridge Academy Transport:
1992: Shipping Industry Quality Systems

Formal Competence

1974: Mechanical Engineer, Østfold Technical University
1969: Chief Engineer, Tønsberg Maritime High school
1966: 1st Engineer, Oslo Maritime High school
1965: 2nd Engineer, Oslo Maritime High school


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