Armando has a navigational background focused on safety and security of shipping and navigation. He obtained his BSc. and MSc. at the Department of Science and Technology with the thesis “Formal Safety Assessment (FSA): Goals, Methods and Results on Passenger Ships”. As a result of his BSc. he also holds a Deck Cadet Officer Certification and has sailed on a chemical tanker as part of his training.
Armando started his professional career as an Assistant to the Scientific, Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., where his main tasks were fostering italian research projects in the U.S. Universities and organizing scientific events. Subsequently Armando joined the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the Port State Control sector where his main assignment was to develop a procedure for ranking deficiencies found on board passenger ships using risk-based methodology. At a later stage he worked for a private Shipping Company in the Technical Department, performing analysis and statistics on the fleet’s inspection performances. Before joining the World Maritime University Armando was a Research Assistant at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, where he worked in the European Project CYCLADES designed to promote the increased impact of the human element in shipping across the operational lifecycle.
He is currently a Research Assistant at WMU as part of the SAFEPEC project to develop Innovative risk-based tools for ship safety inspection.