Jessie started in his new role on Monday this week.
Cook Islands Ports Authority general manager Nooroa (Bim) Tou said the new harbour master came with vast experience and knowledge in the maritime industry.
“John has worked and developed knowledge in the maritime industry in the local domestic shipping industry plus various offshore companies as a ship’s engineer officer and managing preventive maintenance programmes.
He has been involved in implementation, administration, developing procedures and providing a safe, secure and clean environment to satisfy regulatory authorities and company objectives for safe vessel operations,” Tou said.
Jessie’s maritime qualifications include a New Zealand Maritime School Certificate of Competency in Marine Engineering Level 3 and 4 and Western Australia Department of Transport Certificate of Competency in Marine Engineering Level 3.
He also has the government of the Cook Islands’ Endorsement Certificate recognising his Western Australia certificates to perform marine engineering, for controlling ships and care for persons on board, and electrical, electronic and control engineering.
“John has 20 years’ experience in the maritime industry. Reference from the New Zealand Maritime School stated that John has attained a pass in the Marine Engineer Class 54 EK Motor and General written and oral examinations,” Tou said.
“John was involved in trading principally within the Cook Islands group on five domestic licensed vessels and in New Zealand on the Tug Loyal operating in New Zealand coastal and the Pacific Islands.”
Former harbour master Rasmussen resigned to take up employment with the maritime division of the Ministry of Transport.
He has been the harbour master since October, 2012. Prior to that, the harbour master position was filled by New Zealand and Pacific Islands expatriates following the resignation of permanent resident Cook Islander John Fallon in 2010.
Port Authority’s asset and operations manager Andre Tuiravakai served as the acting harbour master while Jessie’s appointment was being finalised.