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Pengfei  Zhang

Captain Pengfei Zhang PhD

Senior Lecturer

Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

023 8201 6785 ext. 6785 Room no. RM309


Captain and Dr Pengfei Zhang is a qualified and experienced Master Mariner with a PhD from the University of Greenwich and rich management experience on ships and in port operations. Previously he was a deputy CEO in a shipping group (in China), responsible for legal affairs and shipping business. He is also a qualified PRC lawyer, specialising in shipbuilding and financing, ship collisions and SNP disputes.

Pengfei has very strong links with the British and Chinese maritime communities both in academia and in industry. While practising as a maritime lawyer in Shanghai AllBrights Law office, he also taught as a senior lecturer at Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). In 2011-2012, he was delegated to supervise the construction of a 48,000DWT training ship for SMU, which was the largest training ship in the world at that time. His direct working experience within a number of sectors within the maritime industry gives him the opportunity to witness almost the full spectrum of maritime operations. This has enabled him to examine maritime affairs from a variety of perspectives.

Pengfei's research covers a number of issues, such as maritime labour, ship collisions, and ship management. Over the last several years, he has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in prestigious journals and publications, including Marine Policy, Journal of Navigation, and Springer. He has also led and participated in a number of research projects, such as the GEM project (Gender, Empowerment and Multicultural Crews), the ORC project (International Regulations for the Prevention of Ships Collisions with Offshore Platforms and Installations), and the SWiC (Seafarers’ Welfare in Chinese Ports). In addition, he was involved in a number of research projects led by Shanghai Maritime University, Dalian Maritime University and Guangzhou Maritime University. In 2016 he published his first sole-authored book: Seafarers Rights in China: Restructuring in Legislation and Practice under the MLC 2006

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