Capt Paul Townsend

Capt Paul Townsend

Lecturer in Navigation and Maritime Science

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



A Master Mariner holding a B.Sc. (Hons) in Maritime Business Studies and over fifteen years’ experience as a Deck Officer on a variety of merchant vessels, trading worldwide and coastal, including product tankers, bulk carriers, container ships and VLCC's. 

Shore based appointments include two years in the marine insurance and surveying industry, prior to a command in the UK passenger ferry sector,. 

Fifteen years with the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. 

Five years as a Ship Management Consultant and 

Two years as an Education & Training Practitioner.


Warsash Marintiime Academy (2017)            IMO Train the Trainer Course (IMO 6.09)

BSI Assurance UK Ltd (2013)               QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor (ISO 9001:2008)

SGS UK Limited (2010)                    SSCE/IQMSA Internal QMS Auditor

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (2003)        Surveyor/Inspector/Port State Control Officer

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (2003)        ISM Lead Auditor Course (ISM Code)

Lloyds Register (2000)                     Internal Safety Auditor (Sea Containers)

Sea Containers (Hoverspeed) 1996           High Speed Craft Type rating (Master)

Polytechnic S W (1987-1990)                 B.Sc. (Hons) Maritime Business Studies

Plymouth Polytechnic (1987)                DTp Certificate of Competency Class 1 (Master Mariner)
Plymouth Polytechnic (1984)                DTp Certificate of Competency Class 2 (1st Mate)

                        (HND Nautical Science)

Plymouth C of F E (1980)                  DTp Certificate of Competency Class 3 (2nd Mate)

                        (ONC Nautical Science)

Tavistock Comprehensive (1970-1976)         GCE "A" Level (2) GCE "O" Level (6) CSE Grade 1 (3)  

Professional membership

Member of the Nautical Institute (MNI)

Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation (MRIN)