Sea to City: Making the Sustainable Move Ashore

In this second webinar in the Sea to City series, we will hear from third officer at Carnival UK, Ross Cleland, on his experience of further education while working at Sea. Ross completed a Sustainable Maritime Operations BSc Hons at MLA College in 2022 and has since gone on to study a law degree via the Open University – all whilst serving at sea.
We also hear from professor Basak Akdemir, chief executive of MLA College, and executive director of CIFAL City of London. CIFAL City of London and MLA College work together to make positive change in the world of sustainability.
This webinar is highly recommended for all members of Nautilus and any serving seafarer who is interested in maritime sustainability and who might be considering a move ashore.

Join us live on Thursday, October 13, 12:30-13:00 (GMT+1)
or watch on catch-up later

  • Helen Kelly (Host & Moderator)

    be hosted by Helen Kelly, Director of Communications, Campaigns & Digital, Nautilus International

  • Professor Basak Akdemir

    Chief Executive of MLA College & Executive Director of CIFAL City of London

  • Ross Cleland

    Third Officer, Carnival UK

  • Claire Edgecombe​

    Head of Sales, Marketing & Recruitment, MLA College

  • Maritime London

    Webinar Host

Meet our guest speakers

  • Professor Basak Akdemir, Chief Executive, MLA College

    Professor Basak Akdemir is the Chief Executive of MLA College, Executive Director of CIFAL City of London and a Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.  CIFAL City of London and MLA College work together to make positive change in the world of sustainability.

    She has worked within the maritime industry and academia, served as the managing partner of a ship owning company and acted as a Board Member in the Turkish Chamber of Shipping and a member of the Board of Governors at Piri Reis University. She is a board of trustee member of Turkish Maritime Education Foundation. 

    Professor Akdemir was awarded a PhD from De Montfort University with the thesis "Improving Supply Forecasting within the Shipping Industry"; the forecasting model developed in this programme of study made use of neural networks and employed novel methods to identify sudden changes in the market. It provided a mechanism of corrective action for when the fluctuations in the market were considered excessive.

  • Ross Cleland, Third Officer, Carnival Group

    Before pursuing a career in the maritime industry Ross worked for eight years in retail.  Having gained poor qualifications earlier in life, he took on the challenge of an Officers of the Watch (OOW) licence and gained high grades at Higher National Certificate (HNC) level. This empowered Ross to believe in himself and showed that a little hard work goes a long way.

    Ross didn’t stop there. He continued his studies to achieve high marks at Higher National Diploma (HND) level and then went onto complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with the knowledge that hard work pays off.

    At the age of 30 Ross has completely turned his life around and now works as a third officer with Carnival UK. He is a member of the Nautilus Council, and part of the Nautilus Diversity Taskforce, balancing working at sea with onshore commitments. His passion for academic improvement continues, and he is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree.

  • Sea to City mentoring scheme

    The Sea to City mentoring scheme is open to all full members of Nautilus International. It is a joint programme with Maritime London.

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