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Captain Terry Hughes (VTS Guru) established "International Maritime Consultancy" in 1996 with a view to providing a quality, specialised service for all those connected with Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and Management (VTM).
Terry established VTS training in the UK in 1982 and has, together with IALA and its VTS Committee members, been instrumental in obtaining professional VTS qualifications for VTS Operators. These qualifications are now internationally recognised (IMO/SOLAS).
Terry, who is the holder of V103/1 and V103/4 (VTS Operator/Instructor), has been involved in training many VTS Operators from around the world as well as carrying out operational inspections at VTS Centres for various Maritime Administrations. He now provides consultation on VTS training and operations.
As a Vessel Traffic Management Consultant Captain Hughes has undertaken expert witness projects in VTS related legal cases in the UK, Europe, United States of America and South Africa.
Captain Hughes is a Fellow of both the Nautical Institute and Royal Institute of Navigation as well as being a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Livery Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. After 12 years as Chairman of the Personnel & Training WG in the IALA VTS Committee Terry has now stood down from that post (September 2013).
Terry spent 2 years on HMS Conway before joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, ending up 20 years later as Master with Bibby Line. He then entered the academic world as Principal/Lecturer with the Commonwealth Secretariat before joining the lecturing team at Warsash, specialising in Vessel Traffic Services. Terry retired from Academia in 1996.
Terry is now an accredited VTS expert with IALA's World Wide Academy. He has recently completed projects for organisations in Japan and Spain, the latter being a 'Train the Trainer' course.