The Nautical Institute
West of Scotland Branch


The committee meets on a regulary basis in the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. You can download the minutes from the last committe meeting here.

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Committee Members

Andy CookAndrew Cook FNI - Chairman

Andrew has been in the shipping industry since 1973. His seagoing career spanned from cadet to master sailing on tankers and passenger vessels. Andrew’s shore-side career includes time spent as a Cargo Superintendent, Quality and Safety Manager and presently as a Crew Director. Present responsibilities include the management of a worldwide pool of seafarers onboard 600+ vessels. In 2006 Andrew was accepted as a Fellow within the Nautical Institute.

MushtaqMushtaq Ahmed MNI - Deputy Chairman

Mushtaq has been in the shipping industry since 1974. He started his career with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation. Later on sailed on flags of convenience vessels. Obtained his Masters in 1988 and sailed in command. Sailed on General Cargo, Bulk, OBO’s, Log Carriers etc. In 1991 decided to settle down ashore. Did his MSc in Transportation Management from U.S.A.  Worked for a while as Marine & Cargo surveyor in the U.S.  and Canada. Worked as a lecturer at City University, Vancouver for 3 years. Since moving to the U.K. in 2003 has been a member of the Teaching staff at Glasgow College of Nautical studies. Presently Course Team Leader responsible for all senior Courses.

lewisRobin Lewis MNI - Honorary Treasurer

Robin started his life at sea with CalMac travelling Dunoon/Gourock/Dunoon in the mid 1960s whilst attending pre-sea college in Greenock for a year. Thereafter he moved to the bigger ships of Ben Line then moved to CNCo in the early 1970s until he retired in 2006 as Master. Sailed on most types of vessels and sensibly stayed off tankers and cross channel ferries (unless making a trip to France to restock his wine cellar). Thought he was retiring in 2006 only to be “talked” into becoming a lecturer at GCNS!

ShafiqueM.A.Shafique MNI - Secretary

Capt. Shafique has started his shipping career as cadet in1978 with Global Bridge London later moved to Accomarit UK, He has sailed on wide variety of ships mostly tankers (VLCC). In last decade he has established himself on shore, presently working as Lecturer in Glasgow College of Nautical Studies after having an experience in Chartering, commercial shipping. He has worked as General Manager and has also served as Assistant principal of Maritime institution overseas. His passion for maritime professional excellence has been recognised by Institute of Marine engineers by recognising him as Chartered Marine Technologist. Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers have also recognised him as Chartered Shipbroker.

cap t hunterJonty Powis MNI

Commander Jonathan (Jonty) Powis left the Royal Navy in 2006 after 32 years service mostly in submarines. He specialised in navigation, saw action in the Falklands conflict in HMS Conqueror and subsequently commanded the Diesel Submarine HMS Unseen and the strategic missile submarines HM ships Resolution and Victorious. Coming ashore he did a tour in the British Embassy defence staff in Washington DC before 2 years in the Ministry of defence. His final job was as the operational controller of the UK Submarine Rescue Service. For the last 3 years he has been working for Rolls Royce setting up the new international submarine rescue service based in the Naval Base in Faslane and trying to sail for recreation.

cap t hunterTerry Hunter MNI

Terry is currently working as Assistant Harbourmaster at Forth and Tay Navigation Service in Grangemouth. His time at sea was spent in a number of shipping companies, including Swire Pacific Offshore, where he was Master for 13 years. In 1994 he decided to give working ashore a try and found he liked it, but not so much that he wasn’t able to resist a spell of 2 years with the Northern Lighthouse Board aboard the mv Fingal, a real ship. He has served on the Branch Committee from 1995 in the capacity of Treasurer and Chairman until stepping down in 2007, both to give someone else a chance, and save paper in the form of the many fliers he produced.

Martin BurleyVishal Singh MNI

Vishal works for the Training & Planning Dept of V.Ships Group since 1991. He began his career with V.Ships as cadet and worked his way up to Master becoming one of the youngest Captains to be promoted within V.Ships & commanded Oil-Gas tankers of various types. He is also a Qualified trainer and Certified auditor for marine safety & quality systems, been involved with petro-chem ship building projects in Korea, served as owners rep for Transferring Ship Management between clients. He is responsible for the cadet portfolio & training for over 1100 cadets. He is an active member of various work groups within the Marine industry that strive to make ships & marine environment safe. Vishal is a member of the procedures / compliance work team for his Company, has also been a key player in contributing to the InterTanko TOTS (Tanker Officer Training Standards) initiative, attends steering group meetings for Videotel training packages aimed at safe tanker ops. In the recent past he has authored a training record for Gas ships, designed a Voyage Planning course as per IMO res & best industry standard taking into consideration navigational accidents in the shipping industry. A few of his passionate subjects include Developing & promoting the concept of effective communication & Teamwork for safe ship operations & Active participation in Shipping crewing, technical seminars & work shops.

Vicky GrenVicky Gren MNI

Vicky is a Deck Cadet currently studying at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.  She is half way through her cadetship and on her way to becoming a certified OOW.  With 5 months seatime under her belt, she will return to sea in June and complete her seatime onboard car carriers with Wilhelmsen.


I G McneilIain MacNeil AMNI

Iain is an ex-mariner with 14 years seagoing experience onboard vessels with Ocean Fleets, Bibby Line, Esso International and Maersk Floating Production. In 1999, Iain resigned from the operational marine industry to progress the design and development of training and reference materials through Seamanship International, a company that he had set up a year earlier.


Michael MacLeod MNI

Michael started his sea career as a Dual cadet with Shell Tankers where he sailed on VLCC's, Product tankers, LPG and LNG carriers and on completing his apprenticeship at South Tyneside College he sailed as 4th Engineer and 3rd Officer for Shell before changing for a short time to container vessels with Maersk as 3rd Officer. After this Michael moved to his current company, Hebridean International Cruises, where he now sails as Chief Officer on the company's 5 star cruise ship Hebridean Spirit. He achieved his Master's certificate in 2006 and is currently waiting for a Master's position to become available, offers welcome!

Ian HendersonIan Henderson MNI

Ian is currently working as a Deck Officer with Caledonian MacBrayne Western Isles (sight-seeing) division. Having previously worked for Stena Line Irish Sea on the Larne - Fleetwood service and P&O Ferries, he has sailed to and from, many ports in the WoSNI area from Stranraer to Stornoway inclusive. Consequently, he spends a lot of time at work wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket and is frequently mistaken for a local authority employee about to dig up the pavements. Has occasionally been helping with courses at GCNS, especially relating to oil tankers due to previous service with Mobil Shipping.