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 theweb based trading platform Commonwealth Secretariat before joining the lecturing team at Warsash, specialising in Vessel Traffic Services. Terry retired from main stream Academia in 1996.
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 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, operations and VTS incident investigation.
Terry 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 Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. Terry is a past member of the RIN Council and a past Chairman of the RIN Group in Southampton. In 1967 Terry was Captain of the Southampton Master Mariner Club (Cachalots). Terry is a UK National Council Member of the Merchant Navy Association.
After 12 years as Chairman of the Personnel & Training WG in the IALA VTS Committee Terry stood down from that post in September 2013 but remains an IALA accredited VTS expert.
As a VTS specialist Captain Terry Hughes (VTS Guru) has undertaken expert witness projects in VTS related legal cases in the UK, Europe, United States of America and South Africa.
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