Capt Syamantak Bhattacharya

Capt Syamantak Bhattacharya


Since 2012: Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Shipping and Port Management in Plymouth University, UK;
Since 2008: Lecture in Port Policy and Management in Plymouth University, UK;
Since 2011: Visiting Professor at World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden;
Since 2010: Develop partnerships with Indian Academic and Business Institutions, such as IIM (Kozhikode);
Since 2014: Member of Research Ethics Committee in Faculty of Business;
2012- present: Programme development, delivery and management of BSc (Hons) Operations & Logistics Management in association with National School of Business Management (NSBM) in Sri Lanka;
2012-2014: Chair of Research Ethics Committee in Faculty of Business;
2011-2014: Programme Management of Top-up MBA programme;
2011-2013: Programme development, delivery and management of Executive MBA, for delivery in Plymouth.


2009: Doctor of Philosophy.
Thesis titled: The impact of the International Safety Management Code in the management of occupational health and safety in the maritime industry.
2004 - 2008: Study conducted at Seafarers International Research Centre, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK with Nippon Foundation scholarship.

2010: Certificate on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

1998: Master Mariner Certificate of Competency from the UK Department of Transport

Professional Experience:
2003 – 2004: Safety & Quality and Commercial Manager
Link Marine Pte Ltd, #48-02 Republic Plaza, 9 Raffles Place, Singapore: 048 619

2001 – 2003: Captain on ocean-going tankers
1997 – 2001: Chief Officer on ocean-going tankers
1992 – 1997: Junior Officer on ocean-going tankers
Denholm Ship Management, 107-115 Milton Street, Glasgow: G4 0DN.

Professional membership

Member of The Nautical Institute, London
Member of British Academy of Management, UK
Member of International Association of Maritime Economists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Teaching interests

Shipping Management to PG students at Plymouth University; 
Port Policy and Intermodalism to Honours level students at Plymouth University; 
Maritime Human Resource to Second year students at Plymouth University;
ISM Code to PG students in World Maritime University Malmo, Sweden;
Ports and Intermodalism to Honours level students at Hong Kong University Space;
Port Management and Intermodalism to Honours level students at NSBM, Sri Lanka.

Staff serving as external examiners

2015: Examining Doctoral student from RMIT University, Australia;
2014-2015: Examining Doctoral student from Liverpool John Moores University;
2013-current: External Examiner for Business College of Athens for Maritime BSc programmes (awarded by London Metropolitan University);
2014-current: External Examiner for BSc programmes in the Maritime and Technology Faculty of Southampton Solent University, UK;
2011-2014 MBA student project dissertations at AMET University, India.

Research interests

Globalisation, State regulation and management of workplace health and safety

Employment practices and industrial relations in organisational management

Risk management and safety culture in high-reliability organisation

Human Resource Management, Industrial relations and Labour

Supply chain influence in organisational management

Communities of practice and apprenticeship

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Awarded Phd in 
2014 to Sihyun Kim on topic: Megaport competitiveness and sustainablity practice on container shipping logistics in Northeast Asia;
2013 to Suresh Bhardwaj on topic: Challenges and potential of technology integration in modern ship management practices

Grants & contracts

2015-2018: Worker representation in European Union funded by OSHA for a total funding amount of €500,000;

2015-2017: Investigating Regulating and managing risks in coal-mines – an evaluation of global practice funded by Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) for a total amount of £150,000;

2013-2015: Investigating in Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) jointly funded project on Safety and Health in Global Container Ports for a total amount of £200,000;

2014-2015: Research on Maria Tsakos Foundation funded project on the role of technology integration in maritime transportation for a total amount of US$6000;

2012-2013: Investigating in International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) funded project on 'Worker accident rates and safety practice in the global container ports industry: a comparative analysis of the practices and performance of Global Network Terminal Operators’ for a total amount of £75,000;

2009-2011: Academic Supervisor on Knowledge Transfer Partnership with WGP, Bude, UK on developing a computer-based safety management system for its fleet of seismic survey ships for a total funding amount of £73,454.

Other academic activities

2009-2011: Academic Supervisor in Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project with Westland GeoProjects-2

Jan 2012, Jan 2015: Media coverage on Sky News and The Telegraph on the Costa Concordia and Hoegh Osaka incidents


Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2013) Highly Commended Paper Award (

Nippon Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2004-2007) for a fully funded PhD study with the aim of fostering a new generation of leaders in the maritime community with expertise in social sciences.