International shipping association BIMCO’s Head of Maritime Security Giles Noakes died suddenly on May 10th aged 62. Noakes joined BIMCO in January 2008. He was well-known and highly regarded, actively and expertly advising ship owners, operators, shipping associations, military, non-governmental organisations and government departments on maritime security issues. He was particularly instrumental in the development of Best Management Practices for protection against Somalia-based piracy. BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus said that “we send Giles’ family our very sincerest condolences. Giles was a wonderful man and I was happy and proud to have worked with him at BIMCO. We all share his family’s sadness – they are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. Giles will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” Mr Noakes leaves a partner and four children.