Vivian Rambarath-Parasram LL.B LL.M (IMO IMLI) LEC

Director & Head

Vivian is an Attorney at Law with over 20 years’ experience in Maritime law, international environmental law, corporate governance and commercial law. She has been affiliated with The University of Trinidad and Tobago since 2007 and joined the full time faculty at the Maritime Campus in 2008. During this time she has developed degrees and courses that are specifically designed to fuel the development of the local and regional maritime industry. Vivian is the course leader for a suite of maritime law courses ranging from marine environmental protection to admiralty law. Vivian was appointed programme leader for all of Maritime Studies between the periods of 2012-2015 and resumed this role in June 2016. Prior to joining the UTT Vivian spent 9 years as a researcher, principal investigator and eventually Officer in Charge of the Legal and Policy Research Programme at the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA). Vivian also spent 3 years in the Business Energy and Tax practice area of the Lex Mundi law firm of M. Hamel-Smith & Company. During the span of her career, Vivian has frequently and successfully managed major commercial and academic projects. Vivian’s primary areas of research interests include: maritime border security, marine surveillance and determining methods for overcoming legal and institutional challenges to maritime regulatory reform in the Caribbean Commonwealth.

Captain Sukhjit Singh Master Mariner

Deputy Director & Technical Head

Captain Sukhjit Singh is a Senior Lecturer at UTT with over 18 years of active service on-board various types of merchant marine vessels. His key areas of specialization include new building supervisions & trials, dry docks, initial surveys, development and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP). With good knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Maritime Operations and expertise in developing Human Resources and Energy management practices he is currently pursuing research interests in Energy efficiency, Integrated Management Systems and Safety Management within Maritime domain. Further buoyed by MS in International management (Oil and Gas) from University of Liverpool, he is presently pursuing research to determine the influence of Human factors in achieving Energy Efficiency within a shipping Multi National Corporation. At UTT he serves as Team Lead to navigation programmes and primary liaison to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, one of the key stakeholders of the UTT.

Stephan Nanan BSc. MSc.

Green House Gas Advisor

Stephan Nanan is a Senior Instructor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) who holds fourteen years combined teaching and research experience at UTT and The University of the West Indies (UWI). With a BSc. Physics and Minors in Environmental Physics and Materials Science he progressed to complete a MSc. Environmental Science and Management. His key focus area is renewable energies but has interest in reducing energy consumption and pollution associated with all modes of transportation. He has completed a number of research projects in these fields including “Designing a ‘Zero Emission House’ Appropriate for Trinidad and Tobago and Risk Assessment on Diesel Exhaust in Trinidad and Tobago”.

Suzette Balkaran

Energy Efficiency Advisor 

Suzette is a graduate of the MSc. in Operational Maritime Management, BSc. in Nautical Science/Maritime Operations and Diploma Maritime Operations-Engineering of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. She has experience training on board LPG carriers and has provided shore support to vessels engaged in local towage and harbor operations. Suzette is also a graduate of the Associate in Applied Science for Environmental Engineering of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, and engages in initiatives for the development of the maritime sector, with particular interest to the protection of the marine environment. Suzette has served as the Public Relations Officer of the Student Guild and as the Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Maritime Officers Association, and is recognized by the University of Trinidad and Tobago for her dedication to the development of the Maritime Campus.

Technical Secretariats

Michael Razack BSc.

MTCC Officer

Michael is a graduate of the BSc in Nautical Science/Maritime Operations from The University of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Razack has a background in Maritime Administration and Environmental management in the local maritime sector. He has represented the University of Trinidad and Tobago, as former student Guild President where he contributed to the development of the student population and also to various coastal management campaigns. Michael’s main area of interest is the protection of the marine environment and maritime borders by utilizing adequate Port State Control (PSC) and Flag State Control to enforce local and international rules and regulations.

Tevin Parris BSc.

MTCC Officer

Tevin is a graduate of the BSc in Nautical Science/Maritime Operations of The University of Trinidad and Tobago. He has experience working with both a global energy major and an offshore supply vessel company. His current area of focus is the reduction of emissions from the world’s merchant fleet. As president of the Nautical Pioneers group during his time at the campus, he gained valuable experience in the field of research and capacity building while spearheading the “Save the Gulf” campaign; an awareness initiative to remove derelict and abandoned vessels from Trinidad’s west coast.He has experience working with both a global energy major and an offshore supply vessel company. His current area of focus is the reduction of emissions from the world’s merchant fleet.

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