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Certificate in Naval Architecture

Clear, concise and comprehensive introduction to naval architecture - training course by tutored distance learning

Next intake: 8 October 2020

Online Learning

Course Director


Octai Dersamet graduated from the University “Dunarea De Jos” Galati in 1984. He started his career in a joint venture of the shipyards Constanta and Mangalia working in various positions in the design department. He also spent several years as a trainer and supervisor and in various project management positions, contributing to the design or execution of train ferries, tankers, and bulk carriers. In 1989, Octai moved to IEFM NAVROM, a major Romanian national fleet with more than 300 ocean ships. He then worked for 12 years at CNM PETROMIN Shipping and CNM ROMLINE shipping as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and Head of Procurement. From 1999 and from 2001 to 2007, Octai developed his own company Farema Construct. In 2000-2002, Octai worked as a Technical Director for a privately-owned fleet of 25,000 Bulk Carriers. In 2007, Octai worked at DAEWOO MANGALIA HEAVY INDUSTRIES as Project Manager. From 2014 – 2017, he joined Lloyd’s Register as a Senior Naval Architect in charge with structural assessment of fixed and floating offshore structures.

Other Course Authors

Roy Thompson MSc, CEng, MRINA

Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)

Roy has been involved with the design of commercial ships, both large and small for more than forty years. His first employment was in the hull design office with a major shipbuilder, designing various ship types, up to 250,000 tonnes deadweight at a time before electronic calculators and computer programs were available.

Roy is now retired but remains active in the support of the RINA, and is a member of their IMO Committee. He is a RINA representative at the IMO meetings of the Marine Safety Committee and the Sub Committee on Ship Design and Construction.

Professor David AldwinckleB.Sc (Hons), Ph.D., C.Eng., FRINA.

Vice President of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Member of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee

David Aldwinckle recently retired as a Senior Principal Surveyor and Manager at Lloyd’s Register having commenced duties with the Classification Society in 1969.

David is a visiting Professor at Southampton University lecturing and supporting research within their Maritime and Marine Institute. He has many years of experience in a ship design office, on the structural design of most ship types, the surveying of ships, Rule development, risk analysis of ships and offshore structures, and as the creator in 1986 of the computerised LR Ship Emergency Response Service. David also has experience as an Assessor in support of the UK Wreck Commissioner.

The course is very interesting and complete. The forum support was excellent and the course directors were always available for any questions related with the course.

Henrique Vieira da Silva, 

Sub-Lieutenant of the Portuguese Navy & Student 2017