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Dry Cargo Chartering

Introduction to Shipping

Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade

Offshore Support Industry

ICS TUTOR - Susan Oatway FICS ICS TUTOR - Leif Ollivierre MICS
Susan Oatway FICS Leif Ollivierre MICS

Susan is the current International Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and as such sits on Executive and Controlling Council.

Susan started her career at P&O Bulk shipping, straight after graduation, where she had a number of senior planning and commercial roles.

She joined Drewry in 1997 and has extensive experience of working for customers in the marine field, including shipping companies, financial institutions and other institutional clients or advisors. This work covers a wide spectrum including market studies, valuations and strategic planning.

She is the editor of Drewry's Annual Multipurpose Report and co-author of Reefer Shipping.

She provides advice to other team members on all aspects of dry bulk shipping and is a regular speaker at breakbulk and dry cargo conferences.

Susan lectures on Dry Cargo Chartering to students wishing to take the Institute's qualifying exams and is passionate about imparting her knowledge of all things dry bulk to the next generation.

Leif has extensive experience in commercial shipping including ship operations, ship broking, financial reporting, wet and dry maritime law.

Most recently Leif was a Senior Lecturer in International Shipping and Port Management at the University of West London Leif lecturing on both the postgraduate MBA and undergraduate programs. Leif has worked as a maritime legal consultant in the City of London and has worked in the international trade and maritime industry in a variety of roles.

Leif also has extensive experience in training and development and learning and teaching in both higher education and professional shipping bodies. Leif was a senior International maritime law lecturer teaching at the post graduate and under graduate level. He was also Deputy Head of Education at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and is now a lead examiner and member of the Board of Examiners at the Institute.

Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade

Legal Principles in Shipping Business

Shipping Law

ICS TUTOR - Matthew Wright MICS ICS TUTOR - Susan Hawker
Matthew Wright MICS Susan Hawker

Matthew Wright is a Policy Manager at the UK Chamber of Shipping. He is currently focusing on the policy implications of Brexit and the Ferry and Cruise Sector. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers having started his career as a shipbroker after which he worked as a Chartering Manager for commodity trading and Ship owning companies in Switzerland and Australia. He holds an LLM in International law and an MSc in Maritime Policy.

Susan an Adjunct Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA), and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School (City University). She is the course director of the BSc in Shipping, Trade & Transport at HST Akademie Hamburg. She also lectures for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers' courses, and for the UKSA's MCA Yacht Masters' qualification. In addition to her academic work, Susan speaks at and chairs commercial shipping seminars, and undertakes in-house legal training.

Susan is also academic consultant and examiner for the Grain & Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

Logistics and multi-modal Transport

Liner Trades

Marine Insurance

ICS TUTOR - Tony Mason FICS ICS TUTOR - Jae Sundaram
Tony Mason FICS
Jae Sundaram

Tony Mason has worked in the shipping industry for some 40 years with extensive experience in the liner and logistics sectors, as well as representing the industry in its relations with international government bodies, the press, and the public at large.

He spent 32 years in container shipping, culminating in the role of Director, Corporate Strategy, at P and O Nedlloyd, prior the acquisition of the company by Maersk in 2005.

From 2006 to 2010, Tony was Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping and International Shipping Federation

Since 2010, he has been working as an independent consultant, as well as an Associate with Drewry Shipping Consultants, and as Secretary of the International Support Vessels Owners Association, an international trade association for ship owners operating support vessels in the offshore oil industry.

Tony graduated from University College Oxford with a degree in Chemistry, and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Jae Sundaram is a Senior Lecturer in International trade & Maritime law. A dual qualified lawyer, Jae practised for a number of years before taking to academics. He specialised in Maritime Law and International Trade Law in his LLM and taught at the University of Plymouth before moving to Buckingham. He teaches International Trade and Maritime Law, Law of World Trade, and Commercial Conflict of Laws in the LLM Programme. He also teaches Law of Torts and Law of Contracts in the LLB Programme.

His research interests focus on Maritime Law, International Trade, World Trade, Commercial Conflict of Laws, and Law of Armed Conflict.

Shipping Finance

Ship Sale and Purchase

Shipping Business

ICS TUTOR - Ed Woollam FICS ICS TUTOR - William Simper FICS
Ed Woollam FICS

William Simper FICS, MifL, MSET


Ed Woollam is a transactional lawyer with 25 years' experience in the maritime sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a tutor and former examiner for the Institute - having started his career as a shipbroker and ship manager in the tanker trades in the late 1980s.

Prior to co-founding Wysocki Quinn Woollam in 2016, Ed worked in a number of City law firms at partner level and also worked as a shipping lawyer in Piraeus.

Ed regularly acts for ship finance banks, superyacht financiers, private equity houses, ship owners and operators, ship managers, cruise lines and ferry companies.

Ed has extensive experience in negotiating shipbuilding contracts, vessel sale agreements, ship finance documentation, charters, ship-management and project supervision contracts, and generally all forms of commercial agreements in the maritime sector.


My career in shipping began in the offices of Stephenson Clark Shipping in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970. Trained in tramp and liner trades I quickly moved through a range of companies including Bell Line Container Service, and Athel Line Limited in London. My skills and abilities were and still are in ship owning and ship management which were developed at United Molasses - a division of Tate and Lyle Industries London where I was appointed Technical Manager. I was responsible for their fleet operations including all aspects of quality control. I was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 1979. After several years running businesses including London Cargo Consultants Limited and Global Marine Surveying Limited, in 2004 I moved into education and joined Tutorship. I joined the College of Central London in 2010 where I was elected lecturer in maritime studies and assessor. I completed a degree in teaching in 2013 and was elected, by examination, a member of the Institute for Learning in 2014. In 2017 I continued assessment in a BA (Hons) in English. In my role as both lead and assistant examiner at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers I vigorously pursue a perspicuous and empathetic approach to education in an evolving global shipping community. We have a valuable role to play at the London School of Shipping in the professional development of our members who uphold the values, display the skills and have the aptitudes that are demanded in shipping today.

Ship Operations and Management

Port Agency

Tanker Chartering

ICS TUTOR -Captain Ghulam Hussain FICS ICS TUTOR - Fiona Plamer FICS
Captain Ghulam Hussain, LL.M, MBA, FICS, FCILT, MRIN, FNI

Fiona Palmer FICS

Ghulam Hussain is currently the Technical Manager and Head of IMO Delegation at The Nautical Institute.

A Master Mariner with command experience, he was initially self-employed in Hong Kong for 19 years after stepping ashore, where he dealt with commodity trading, ship management and operations as well as ship broking. He was also the CEO of a ship owning company prior to joining The Nautical Institute where for a few years, he dealt with the Accreditation and Audits of Dynamic Positioning Training Centres worldwide His professional experience covers various sectors of the industry.

His academic achievements include excelling in professional examinations leading to memberships in both The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers. He is Fellow of both organisations as well as a Fellow of The Nautical Institute.  His CPD includes obtaining an MBA in Shipping and Logistics (Middlesex University) and an LL.M in International Maritime Law (World Maritime University).

Fiona's shipping career began with an Oil Major - BP - in BP Shipping Ltd. Commencing work in post fixture for BP's chartered-in and owned tonnage and then moving into ship operations for BP's fleet of crude-owned and chartered-in VLCCs and product tankers. Whilst at BP, Fiona gained extensive shore-side knowledge while placed in BP's refineries and terminal sites.

Working alongside the LPG traders, Fiona became the small LPG charterer, shipping LPG on COA and spot tonnage, then latterly moving into BP Chemicals Ltd to be part of the team shipping chemicals on predominantly parcel tankers worldwide.

Moving to British shipowners, James Fisher Tankship Ltd, Fiona was their tanker charterer for spot, time charter and COA fixtures, and assisted with S&P and bareboat opportunities. Additionally, she worked alongside their management team investigating shipping diversification projects.

Since 2007, Fiona has worked as a consultant for a chemical shipping commercial management company and in research for Drewry Shipping Consultants.

Fiona tutors on a number of subjects, is an examiner and member of the Board of Examiners and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1998.


Introduction to Shipping

Introduction to Shipping

Tom Still FICS
Philip Bacon FICS

Tom Still FICS

Philip Bacon FICS

Tom served a broad cadetship with the Conway Merchant Navy Trust before qualifying as an II/I Deck Officer.

His early career saw him sailing on BP Shipping's VLCC and LNG fleet before securing a Ship Operations role on BP's trading floor.  Tom worked across all trading benches (Dirty, Clean, Gas) before being appointed the Lead Ship Operator for fuel oil.  Broadening his CV into Assurance, Tom worked for two years as a relationship manager between BP and their long term shipping partners; problem solving and assisting them with their vetting and compliance.

Moving back into the busy commercial world in 2010 he secured a ship operations role with ACM Shipbrokers, before starting with Unipec's fledgling Shipping Team in 2011.  In 2014, Tom was appointed the Team Leader of the Ship Ops department, building it up from two to seven operators running spot, time chartered and pool operations.  Three years ago Tom moved across the desk and now works as a Charterer for Unipec's busy VLCC, Suezmax & Aframax Crude Oil Programme.

Tom is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a member of the Baltic Exchange's Expert Witness Panel

Experienced in Business Management, Asset Management, Industrial Partner Logistics, Tankers, Open-Hatch (unitised breakbulk), Projects, Dry Bulk, Containers, Ro-Ro, Terminals, Feedering/Transhipment. Unique combination of an entrepreneurial approach to business, with technical knowledge and interest, and a belief in the disciplines and science of business management. Has been granted Patents, started own small businesses.

MBA at the Cranfield School of Management; Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Member of the Baltic Exchange; Member of Expert Witness panel of the Baltic Exchange; Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Background of early Naval training, Degree in Nautical Science, Merchant Navy career until shortsea Master; worked as Marine Advisor for Shell, progressing into Operational then Corporate and General Management in multinational shipowning and operating companies.

Extensive long-term transcultural experience in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

Native English and Portuguese, educated to post-graduate level in both languages; reasonable verbal Spanish. British national, holding also Brazilian nationality.

PC literate; have also designed and implemented Proprietary I.T. systems in three employments including enterprise-wide estimation and control systems with integration to Oracle Financials with Sarbanes-Oxley certification.


Ship Sale and Purchase

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Guy Main FICS

I handle, and have considerable experience in dealing with, all aspects of damages in Admiralty claims, particularly collisions.

I also advise in General Average matters and practical aspects of ship chartering and sale & purchase disputes.

I handle, and have considerable experience in dealing with, all aspects of damages in Admiralty claims, particularly collisions.

I also advise in General Average matters and practical aspects of ship chartering and sale & purchase disputes.

I have managed litigation though the High Court as well as Arbitration, although I always seek to settle disputes by negotiation where that is possible: it usually is.

Specialties: Shipping disputes, particualry following casualties at sea or in port.