Head of Maritime Operations
Born and brought up in India, Shajan graduated in Physics before joining the merchant navy. He obtained his Second Mate Foreign Going Certificate in India while his Chief Mate and Master Unlimited Certificates were achieved in the UK.
During his 17 years at sea, the last 7 of which were as Captain, Shajan has sailed on a variety of merchant ships, including oil tankers, break bulk cargo/container ships, passenger ships, chemical tankers and very large crude carriers (VLCC).
In 2007, Shajan retired from sailing to take up a post as Nautical Studies Lecturer at South Tyneside College. He then progressed to the role of Head of School for Simulation and Senior Marine, responsible for senior deck certification and bridge simulators.
Four years later, in November 2014, Shajan made the move to Blackpool and The Fylde College, where he became Head of Maritime Operations. The following year, he also became Senior External Verifier for the Scottish Qualification Authority, a role that allows him to oversee the quality assurance of nautical science and marine engineering qualifications for the maritime industry.
• ship stability
• vessel operations
• maritime management
• bridge management
• human element leadership
Courses I Teach
Qualifications and Accolades
• BSc Physics
• HND Nautical Science
• Master FG
• PGCE, A1, V1, V2
• CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management
My background is in the merchant navy and education.
• IMO HTW Working Group (2015, 2016)
• Senior External Verifier for Scottish Qualification Authority (2015-present)
We offer high quality higher education and the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills to prepare you for a rewarding career in the maritime industry.
“The quality of the work you do depends on how much you know and your attitude to the job.”