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

Director & Head

Mrs. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram is an Attorney at Law with over 25 years’ experience in Maritime law, international environmental law, corporate governance and commercial law. Vivian completed her undergraduate law degree at the University of the West Indies and studied for an LL.M and a Magister Juris at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. She has been affiliated with The University of Trinidad and Tobago since 2007 and joined the full-time faculty of the Centre for Maritime and Ocean Studies 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. 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: blue economy initiatives, climate action, maritime border security, marine surveillance and determining methods for overcoming legal and institutional challenges to maritime regulatory reform in the Caribbean Commonwealth. Vivian is the Director and Head of MTCC Caribbean.

Stephan Nanan BSc. MSc.

Deputy Director & Greenhouse Gas Adviser

Mr. 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”.

Captain Sukhjit Singh Master Mariner Master Mariner, MSc, PGDip, AFNI

Technical Head

Captain Sukhjit Singh is a practitioner turned academic with over 25 years of experience in the maritime sector. 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). He is experienced auditor of Integrated Management Systems according to the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and ISM code. In addition to his professional qualification, he holds a MS in International management (Oil and Gas) from the University of Liverpool and a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Energy Management from the World Maritime University. Having good grasp of various aspects of Maritime operations and experience in developing Human Resources and Energy management practices, Captain Singh’s research interests include Sustainable Shipping, Circular Economy, Climate action, Energy efficiency, Integrated Management Systems and Safety Management within Maritime domain. As a certified technical expert, Capt. Sukhjit Singh has also participated in the technical review of the fourth biennial reports of Parties included in Annex I to the UNFCC Convention.

Suzette Balkaran BSc. MSc. 

Energy Efficiency Adviser 

Ms. Suzette Balkaran is a Senior Instructor with the Maritime Engineering Department at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and currently supports the MTCC Caribbean Team, in the capacity of Energy Efficiency Advisor. She has previously worked as a MTCC Officer; collating and analyzing data with respect to the energy efficiency of vessels. She is a graduate of the MSc. Operational Maritime Management, BSc. Nautical Science and Diploma Maritime Engineering Operations programmes and is recognized by The University of Trinidad and Tobago for her dedication to the development of the Maritime Campus. Suzette volunteered as the Public Relations Officer of the Student Guild and currently is the Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Maritime Officers Association (TTMOA). She has experience training on board LPG carriers and has provided shore support to vessels engaged in local towage and harbour operations. Suzette also has an Environmental Engineering background and engages in initiatives for the development of the maritime sector, with particular interest to the protection of the marine environment.

Dr. Donnie Videsh Boodlal

Technical and Capacity Building Expert

Dr. Donnie Boodlal is an Associate Professor in Process Engineering. He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering, a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering, an MSc. in Industrial Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management and a PhD in Process Engineering.

His research efforts have been primarily focused on Sustainability, Environmental Management, Cleaner Production, GHG Inventories and GHG Mitigation. His work on the Cost-Effective Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Trinidad and Tobago is highly rated and he is regarded nationally as being at the forefront of the field of sustainable emissions reductions. His work is well recognized locally and internationally. With many related publications, he was also a UNDP appointed National Expert in GHG Inventory for T&T, an expert reviewer for National Communications for the UNFCCC and a GHG Inventory & Mitigation Consultant.

Technical Secretariat

Michael Razack BSc. MSc.

MTCC Officer

Mr. Michael Razack is a Research Officer with the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for the Caribbean and a Part Time Lecturer at The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Michael currently holds an MSc. in Operational Maritime Management and a BSc. in Nautical Science/Maritime Operations. He has a background in Maritime Administration, Marine Environmental Management, Maritime Climate Action and working knowledge of the local and regional Maritime Industry. He has represented UTT, 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 and preservation of the marine environment, harnessing the blue economy concept, sustainable shipping, progressing maritime climate action and the effective enforcement local and international maritime rules and regulations.

Tevin Parris MSc.

MTCC Officer

Mr. Tevin Parris is a Research Officer with the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for the Caribbean, and holds a B.Sc. in Maritime Operations from The University of Trinidad and Tobago. Complemented by his enrolment in the M.Sc. in Operational Maritime Management, his key areas of focus are the protection of the marine environment, maritime energy efficiency and the decarbonization of the world’s merchant fleet. Tevin took an interest in the protection of the environment from a young age, which continued as President of the Nautical Pioneers group during his time as an undergrad where he spearheaded the “Save the Gulf” campaign; an awareness initiative to remove derelict and abandoned vessels from Trinidad’s west coast. He also has experience in the oil and gas industry with a global energy major and an offshore supply vessel company, which has provided him with an intimate understanding of the need for maritime energy efficiency. This has fuelled his current involvement with energy efficiency in offshore supply vessels and the formulation of solutions to climate concerns through action in the Maritime sector.

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