David BesantCourse Leader at Lloyd's Maritime Academy
David completed a traditional Engineer Officer Cadetship with Cunard Shipping Services Ltd. After completing his Officer of the Watch Certificate, he sailed on steam and motor ships including refrigerated cargo, container, tanker and passenger vessels. Later, he joined Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries (latterly P&O Ferries) in Dover. There, while rising through the ranks to Chief Engineer, he successfully obtained Class 2 and Class 1 Certificates. During this time David attended numerous refits and oversaw the conversion of one ferry for service as a wind farm accommodation vessel.
After leaving P&O Ferries, David joined the National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College as Lecturer in Marine Engineering. Here, David has been involved in the development and delivery of an apprenticeship for Engine Room Ratings along with the delivery of various STCW approved short courses. David is currently working towards further qualifications in Teaching and Assessment.