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Syamantak BattacharyaProfessor Captain Syamantak Bhattacharya, Director, School of Maritime Science and Engineering


Syamantak spent over 15 years in the Merchant Navy. Initially training as a deck officer cadet, he qualified in 1989 and moved up the ranks, reaching the rank of Captain after 11 years of sailing.

Syamantak specialised in the oil tankers trade, which included petroleum products, crude oil and vegetable oil. He sailed to all corners of the world and still loves to reminisce about his sailing days. After two years as Captain, Syamantak moved to a shore-based position in Singapore as manager of a fleet of tankers, responsible for its operation and safety. 

After spending two years there, in 2004, Syamantak was awarded the Nippon Foundation Scholarship to carry out his PhD on seafarers’ health and safety from Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University, which he completed in 2009. He was then appointed by Plymouth University as a lecturer and was promoted to associated professor in 2012 where he was engaged in teaching in the UK and overseas, supervising and carrying out scholarly research projects. Since May 2016, Syamantak has held the role of director of the School of Maritime Science and Engineering, which includes Warsash Maritime Academy.

john-bazleyJohn Bazley, Operations Manager


John spent 17 years in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer specialising in navigation. During that period he worked on a variety of different types of vessels and fulfilling a variety of roles ranging from officer of the watch to second in command. In addition to the roles at sea John also worked ashore as a navigation instructor responsible for training the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer navigators.

John joined Warsash in 2001 after completing an MSc in applied navigation from the University of Plymouth, carrying out research into the efficacy of the use of simulation for navigation training. After a period lecturing predominately in navigation subjects, John became a principal lecturer with responsibility for teaching and learning enhancement. He then became head of School of Professional Studies in 2006.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Nautical Institute.  He also represents the academy on a number of maritime industry and professional body committees, including the Merchant Navy Training Board Technical Committee.

Direct Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4227

Mark BeeMark Bee, Head of Maritime Business and Management


Mark is a qualified engineer who served in the Royal Navy for over 20 years in a variety of ships and submarines. After leaving the Navy, Mark spent 10 years as a training manager at a maritime training school before joining Warsash as a senior lecturer in 2012, teaching a range of safety, leadership and management courses, and is the course leader for HELM and shipboard safety officer courses. 

Mark has overall management responsibility for the management, medical and petrochemical/liquid cargo operations course delivery sections at the academy. He was appointed as head of maritime professional development in May 2016.

Direct tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4173

john-onslow-webJohn Onslow, Head of Nautical Studies

MSc, Master Mariner, PGCTLHE, PGCHEP

John spent his sea-going career with Canadian Pacific as a deck officer serving on a variety of ship types but eventually specialising in the tanker trade. John gained all but his first certificate of competencies after studying at Warsash. He left deep sea service after 16 years and moved ashore first as a marine superintendent, before deciding to move to Texas for three years as a marine technical surveyor for an international survey company.

Thereafter, John spent a period of time at with F.T. Everard & Co before becoming an operations coordinator for a large pool of chemical tankers, subsequently working for seven years as a marine surveyor to the tanker industry carrying out vetting inspections, cargo expediting and general trouble shooting for oil majors and charterers.

John joined Warsash in 1997 as a senior lecturer with the petrochemical section before moving to professional studies in 2000. John then gained his MSc in International Shipping Management at Southampton Solent University in 2006, before becoming principal lecturer in 2007.

John has maintained good contact with industry and is involved in tanker vetting inspector training and examination for external organisations and is a consultant to a maritime training video production company. He has co-authored a text book on oil tanker operations and represents Warsash on the deck sub-group of the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI).

Direct tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4236

Chris PattersonChris Patterson, Head of Marine Engineering

FHEA, PGCLT(HE), BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons)

Chris joined Warsash in 2006 as a senior lecturer (naval architecture) in the merchant vessel engineering section. In 2008 he took on course leader responsibility for the BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management top-up degree for engineer officer cadets. During his time at the Academy, Chris has been the University's teaching and learning fellow, first for Warsash and then the wider technology faculty (2010-13). Chris became responsible for the engineering section in 2016, a role which includes management of the engine room simulator, HV training facility, and the engineering workshops.

Chris began his teaching career at Falmouth Marine School in 1996, where he was responsible for higher education provision at the college, in partnership with Plymouth University, having previously been the HND/HNC maritime programme leader. In 2002 took the opportunity to join the world-renowned yacht design and manufacturing group at the University where he acted as research co-ordinator, admissions tutor and student support network officer.

Chris has industrial experience as technical director for an advanced composite manufacturer specialising in resin infusion solutions for the superyacht industry. As a software developer with over 30 years' experience, he has also worked in the IT sector in software solutions, web development and as a corporate trainer. In addition, He also has wide experience of supporting the maritime commercial sector in identifying and meeting their training needs.

Chris's background is as a qualified physicist and engineer with a particular interest in naval architecture and hydrodynamics. Research interests include advances in marine computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulent flow fragmentation and marine simulation. Chris is also the hydrodynamic modeller for the Academy's ship bridge simulators.

Direct tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4178

Steve WindowSteve Window, Head of Bridge Simulation


Steve spent 21 years in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer and joined Warsash as a senior lecturer in August 2009.  With command experience in both sea and shore appointments, he also served as the Queen’s Harbourmaster at Portland, NATO maritime advisor to the Defence Ministries of the Baltic States and head of Royal Navy diving training.  He remains a member of the Royal Naval Reserve where he is actively involved in the training and assessment of navigation skills to the Royal Marine Landing Craft cadre.

Steve was awarded an MSc with distinction in Leadership and Management by the University of Portsmouth in 2014.  He is currently conducting doctoral research with the Open University, examining causal factors in the manifestation of human error within the maritime domain.

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He sits on the Maritime Advisory Panel of CHIRP.

As head of bridge simulation, Steve is responsible for all bridge simulation and GMDSS training.

Direct tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4183

russ-grayRussell Gray, Head of Ship Handling and Safety Training 


Russell served at sea for 17 years as a deck officer on board a variety of vessel types, including tankers, coastal tankers, survey vessels and sub-sea installation and repair ships. He studied at Plymouth and Southampton for an HND in Nautical Science and gained his Master (Foreign Going) Certificate in 1990 whilst working for BT (Marine) Ltd. 

He joined the staff of the Warsash Maritime Academy in 1995 as a senior lecturer working for the Maritime and Offshore Safety Section, primarily teaching at the fire school.  In addition he became an MCA approved examiner for EDH and PSCRB courses and following a period of study, was awarded a certificate in education and assessor/verifier qualifications.

As an ISM auditor with NEBOSH qualifications, Russell has undertaken a number of consultancy roles for Warsash by providing advice and reports to third parties about individual vessel safety and the necessary training facility improvements required for MCA accreditation.

In 2003 he completed an MSc in Project Management, awarded by Portsmouth University, and during the same year was appointed as principal lecturer maritime training, with responsibility for managing maritime and offshore safety resources. In 2009 following an internal restructure, his responsibilities changed to manage resources in the following work areas: fire school, ship handling centre and commercial yacht courses (deck).

Russell has participated in several national working groups dealing with maritime safety issues. He is a Member of the Nautical Institute (MNI) and is the Treasurer of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST). 

Direct tel: +44 (0)23 8201 4226

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