IAMI Europe History :
In 1990 I became a member of NAMI (National Association of marine Investigators) in the USA and the first member from Europe. Soon after my colleague Peter Clark from C Claims England also became a member of NAMI. Together we started to work for a European ‘NAMI' or rather an International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI). Initially it was not easy to get Europeans to join us in the USA as NAMI was very much a US based organization. In 1994 at the NAMI annual training seminar in Boston, Massachusetts the president of NAMI, Larry Ross and the board of directors announced that NAMI should become ‘IAMI' (International Association of marine Investigators). This was because the Board recognized that NAMI had quite a few members outside the USA. At the 1994 training seminar the International team included delegates from Venezuela, England, Germany and Sweden. NAMI had in effect really become IAMI.
IAMI Europe started in 1996 and held its first annual training seminar in Southampton, UK 1998. Peter Clark from C Claims England hosted and arranged the whole conference and there were about 60 delegates attending. Ever since then IAMI Europe has worked to increase its membership. Every year since 1996 we have had a training seminar and these have been held all over Europe including the following locations:
1998 Southampton, England
1999 Copenhagen, Denmark
2000 Southampton, England
2001 Hamburg, Germany
2002 Nieuwpoort, Belgium
2003 Golf Juan, Nice, France
2004 Liege, Belgium
2005 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
2006 Stockholm, Sweden
2007 Lignano, Italy
2008 Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Portschach, Austria
2010 Mallorca, Spain
2011 Dubrovnik, Croatia
2012 Cork, Ireland
2013 Ibiza, Spain
2014 Tallinn, Estonia
In 1999 the President and the secretary/treasurer of IAMI from the USA attended the European conference and it was a real honor. Ever since the President of IAMI has attended each year and every second year the 1 st vice president also attends the European conference.
We try to spread our training seminars all over Europe so we can reach more delegates. During the last years we had an attendance of between 60 – 90 delegates each year.
IAMI Europe steering committee started its work in 2001. Until then Peter Clark and Martin Aberg together with Peter Siegfried, MCS, Germany took care of all arrangements.
IAMI has always had very good support from the Law Enforcement community and indeed it is a tribute to all the hard work put in by the committee of IAMI which has brought representatives from all over Europe together, enabling far greater International collaboration.