Digital Transformation Seminar

Join us at Trinity House during London International Shipping Week

Join a unique seminar hosted by The Nautical Institute’s CPD team for an overview of what changes in technology will mean for the shipping industry and those who work in it.

Based around the themes of Nautical Institute’s popular professional short courses, this
seminar takes a practical look at the implications of developments both afloat and ashore.

  • Understand the new skills needed for a digital age
  • Learn how to implement technological change
  • Identify and map the skill set required to manage new technology
  • Establish a passage plan for future development


The event is being organised in two sessions. The first session is a workshop to increase the awareness and educate maritime community about origin, myths, type of Blockchain and about “hashing”,  and  the “block” the “chain”. The participants in the workshop would be given a brief to identify opportunities when to use or not to use Blockchain to improve their business.

Experts from Navozyme Pte Ltd in Singapore will conduct the workshop.

The second session will have senior executives from industry as speakers and panellist to identify skill set for:

  • Digital transformation
  • Blockchain business cases
  • Competency assessments
  • Automation
  • Navigation technology


Mr Anjaney Borwankar
Mr Anjaney Borwankar

Co-founder & Chief Strategist, Navozyme

Anjaney Borwankar (Anjan) is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned business executive with over two decades of management experience. He is a thought leader on Digital Transformation and Blockchain and a regular speaker at leading conferences worldwide. 

Anjan co-founded Navozyme, a Singapore headquartered technology company dedicated to  enhancing lives in the maritime sector via proprietary blockchain enabled platforms. Navozyme is leading several transformative blockchain pilots in Europe and Asia.

Anjan has a Blockchain Strategy and FinTech Certification from Oxford University (Said Business School).

Mr David J Patraiko FNI
Mr David J Patraiko FNI

Director of Projects

David Patraiko is the Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and coordinates its Technical and Professional Development Committees. He is responsible for developing and managing major Institute projects and he represents the professional interests of members in general shipping, training and technical forums.

Much of this work is aimed at assisting members of the Institute with continuous professional development. He has led research and produced many papers and articles on training, electronic navigation, the associated ‘Human Element’ effects created by technology, and Marine Spatial Planning. He is currently involved with the international debate on e-Navigation and is Chairman of the IALA e-navigation working group for Strategy and Operations, Chaired the Industry ECDIS Training Group, and is Chairman of the Green Awards Board of Experts.

After a brief period as an independent consultant and surveyor, in 1997 he accepted the position of Project Manager for The Nautical Institute, and became Director of Projects in 2003. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (US), he sailed on a variety of international vessels in his twelve years in the Merchant Navy (1985 – 1997). He holds an Unlimited Master Mariners licence, and was awarded an MBA degree from Henley Management College (UK).

Prof Malek Pourzanjani FNI
Prof Malek Pourzanjani FNI

Experienced maritime and higher education leader of international standing, with wide experience of: strategy, leadership, government and industry stakeholder engagement, operational and capital budgets. Working experience at Dean level in the UK, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO of HE institutions in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa, and awareness of the international HE sector.

Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI
Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI

Training and Accreditation Development Manager

With 25 years experience at sea, Captain Maneesh Varma worked through the ranks to Captain for Maersk. After coming ashore he gained qualifications in Shipping, Trade and Finance (MSc from Cass Business School), PGCE and PG Diploma in Marine Law. He also worked in Commercial Operations for Holbud Ship Management, London and SPL Shipping, New Delhi. 

Captain Varma has held numerous roles in the maritime training sector, working as senior lecturer in simulation at Warsash Maritime Academy, Lowestoft College and Liverpool John Moores University, where he assessed navigational risks for Dublin Port’s new RoRo Jetty. Currently working as Training and Accreditation Development Manager for The Nautical Institute, he works to enhance and manage The Nautical Institute’s CPD services.

Mr Neil Dulling
Mr Neil Dulling

MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd

I served at sea as a Deck Officer for 8 years with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) before stepping ashore to set up and build a training sub department for EuroShip Services, a 3rd Party Ship Manager. This led me to filling the role of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager for MOL in their European Tanker Division. I spent 5 years running the HSEQ department and in 2013 moved to the LNG Division of the company. Unlike most other tanker companies, training is the responsibility of the HSEQ department and within that remit I have always believed that professional development is vital for safe operations at sea.

Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI
Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI

Short course instructor

Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI is a Nautical Institute Fellow who specialises in maritime education and training. Captain Butalia has years of experience as an onboard assessor, has an MSc in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University, Malmö. He designs and develops safety modules and training programmes based on need analysis to enhance skills and efficiency.