Director of Projects
The Nautical Institute
David Patraiko is the Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and coordinates its Technical, Professional Development and IMO 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, mentoring, 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 served as Chairman of the IALA e-navigation working group for Strategy and Operations (2006-2014), Chaired the Industry ECDIS Training Group, and is the current Chairman of the Green Awards Board of Experts.
After a brief period as an independent consultant and surveyor, in 1997 he accepted the position as 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).
The Nautical Institute is the recognised international professional body for qualified mariners and others with an interest in nautical science. Its purpose is to promote high standards of knowledge, qualifications and competence amongst those in control of sea-going craft, both afloat and ashore. The Institute holds Non-Governmental Organisation status at the International Maritime Organization.