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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 Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, which includes Warsash Maritime Academy.
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).
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