About Us

Seaway Academy is a major training provider for the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Our main training center is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Offices are located in Phuket, Thailand (Head Office) and Halifax, Canada. Seaway Academy (Halifax) is a subsidiary of Seaway Maritime Services Co., Ltd., Thailand.

Our training philosophy:  At Seaway Academy our goal is for the student to accomplish the highest learning experience possible.  In order to achieve this we deliver comprehensive, interesting and practical training that is relevant and closely related to the work environment.   

Our Management Team
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Nichapha Wright (ณิชาภา ไรท์) / Managing Director - Nichapha is a Thai National and a Canadian PR. She manages all business related to Thai operations and finance, and is the main point of contact for both English and Thai students. Nicha is a graduate of Sukhothai Thammathirat University, Bangkok, Thailand; Bachelors Degree, majors in English, and Law.

Captain David Wright / Founder / Managing Director  / Training - Canadian Master Mariner and an STCW Certified Instructor and Examiner with Transport Canada (TC), Maritime and Coastguard Agency - UK (MCA), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Liberia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Additionally, a certified Nautical Safety Inspector / Auditor (Liberia), as well as a College graduate of both Business and Education.

Lectured for six years at the Nova Scotia Nautical Institute, Canada, delivering Ship Stability and several other courses related to Marine Officer Certification; also taught MODU Comprehensive Stability globally over a four year period as the Marine Training Supervisor with Transocean Offshore Drilling in their training centers throughout the world. Author and publisher of "Deckhand Training Manual for Offshore Oilfield Vessels" (ISBN 978-6164135253) and "MODU Stability & Management" (ISBN 978-6164135260). 

Maritime career began on foreign going oil tankers, bulk carriers and deep sea towing before moving into the Offshore Oil Industry. Worked as Master on several offshore supply vessels (AHTS & PSV) throughout the world and as Master on Drill Ships and Jack-up Oil Rigs. MODU experience also included working as a C/O on a Semi-submersible oil rig. 17+ years’ experience as Master on various types of vessels.

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Captain Chris Baker, IFSMA, MRIN, MSOMWS / Lead Trainer - Marine Operations of Self Elevating Platforms, Offshore Installation Manager, Comprehensive Stability, Ballast Control Operator, Barge Supervisor.


Certified Master Mariner having worked as Master on several types of ships over a 30-year period. Extensive experience as Master/OIM on drill ships and semi-submersible oil rigs, as well as on AHTS throughout the World, including the North Sea, SE Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand and Arabian Gulf. Oil Rig experience also includes working as Barge Master on Jack up rigs and as an Independent Rig Mover and Marine Warranty Surveyor with more than 200 rig moves performed on behalf of Ensco, Northern Offshore, Seadrill, Shelf Drilling, and other Oil and Gas Majors. Additionally, a certified Nautical Inspector (Flag) for Liberia and Vanuatu.

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David Buck, LCDR, RAN (ret’d) / Lead Trainer (Global) - OIMCE, MEMIR, EMT/Onshore Support Team - David completed 37 years in the Royal Australian Navy, his final position in the RAN was as Executive Director of the SHIPSAFE Board and in this position he was responsible for all aspects of safety and emergency management for the surface fleet of the RAN. He retired in 2004 with the rank of LCDR, having had postings to all classes of surface ship; the USA on exchange for 2 years; and representational posting to the Australian Embassy Thailand for 3 years.

David is an advanced Thai linguist and has been delivering OIMCE and MEMIR training to the OPITO standard since 2008. He was lead trainer for MSTS in Malaysia for 5 years, and CEO and lead trainer for Crisis and Emergency Management Solutions Thailand Co. Ltd. (CEMCT).

Using a portable simulator, he has been able to deliver training all over the world, most recently in Vietnam for MODEC. Other countries include Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Myanmar.

Captain Richard Luck / Marketing Manager - Canadian Master Mariner with extensive experience in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Marketing and as a Ship’s Captain.

Our Programs
Offshore Oil Industry Training

Classroom based courses are delivered in Bangkok, Thailand. We can provide customized classroom training for Companies requiring training for multiple students at your location. Please contact us for further details.

  • Comprehensive Stability course for OIM, Barge Supervisor, Ballast Control Operator.

  • Offshore Installation Manager

  • Ballast Control Operator

  • Barge Supervisor

  • Marine Operations of Self-Elevating Platforms



  • EMT/Onshore Support Team

Online training - Comprehensive Stability for Ballast Control Operator (BCO) - (Basic Theory and Applied Stability / formally Stability 2).

Course to be completed as the five year re-certification process for a BCO and for any individual who has had a lapse of service of two years as an active BCO to be retrained utilizing this course prior to being re-employed as a BCO.

Online training for MODU Stability - "Comprehensive Stability" - for oil rig crew required to attend Stability Training for OIM, Barge Supervisor, or Ballast Control Operator. By completing our free online training students will be prepared to attend their scheduled course. This is also an excellent course to be utilized as a periodic self-study refresher.

For students attending our training courses and utilizing our book "MODU Stability & Management", you will have the advantage of accessing the online training to review calculations outside of classroom time, in the evenings in your hotel room.

Considered by many in the Industry to be the "go to book" for Oil Rig Stability". Comprehensive and easy to understand.

We also provide self-study, on-board training to Deckhands for Offshore Oilfield Vessels, as well as specialized training and curriculum development for Oil Rig and Supply Vessel Companies.


Virtual Classroom (online training)

  • Comprehensive Stability course for OIM, Barge Supervisor, Ballast Control Operator

  • Offshore Installation Manager

  • Ballast Control Operator

  • Barge Supervisor

eLearning (online courses / tutor assisted)

Online Training Courses approved by the MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) / (STCW ISPS)

  • Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO)  

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) - Yachts

Educational Assistance

Seaway Maritime Services provides assistance to underprivileged children with their education. (SeawayAcademy.com)