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Hemispheric cooperation for competitive, secure, sustainable and inclusive ports in the Americas.

CIP Secretariat

Commander Gerardo Almonacid Simancas

With more than 35 years of service, he has served as an active member of the Secretary of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR for its acronym in Spanish), in inspection, surveillance functions in various warships. He has also served as a teacher and has administrative work experience in SEMAR.

He is a graduate of the Heroic Naval School of Mexico as an Engineer in Naval Sciences, specialist in Weapons Systems at the Center for Higher Naval Studies, as well is a graduate of the Escuela Superior de Guerra of Colombia in the Diploma of Joint Staff; additionally, he has knowledge as Maritime and Port Protection Officer, in Maritime Authority and Port Captaincy, Naval Control of Maritime Traffic "CNTM", Diploma of Incident Command, Legal Aspects in Maritime Security, Maritime Operations Planning and Management Course and Maritime Border Security and Operational Law by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

He has served as chief of information and risk analysis and traffic control and maritime security and it is worth mentioning that in his last assignment he served as Federal Fisheries Officer. He currently joins the CIP as an advisor on Port Security and Safety in order to participate in the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Port Protection and Security.