Meet Manisha Taneja MICS: "ICS has played an essential role in supporting my professional development"

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2023

Manisha Taneja MICS works in the fast-paced Supply Chain Shipping Department as Chartering & Operations Manager for bulk liquids at Incitec Pivot Ltd. The company is an Australian multinational corporation that manufactures fertilisers and chemicals and provides services to the mining sector.

She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of her role which, she says, is aligned with her personal goal of improving life through innovation and sustainability.


Manisha Taneja MICS

Manisha Taneja MICS

Is every day the same in your work?


Every day is definitely not the same. I work in a very fast-paced environment that really keeps me on my toes!

My role involves chartering specialised chemical tanker vessels for transporting raw material for fertiliser production so the logistics are very complex and require careful planning. We have to ensure zero harm results from the transportation and that delivery takes place in a very tight timeframe.

If this wasn't challenging enough, I am also responsible for negotiating freight rates and conducting market research to identify cost savings and operating efficiencies.

I'm also responsible for risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Basically, each day presents its own unique challenges, requiring a combination of problem solving, strategic planning and communications. It's very dynamic and I thoroughly enjoy it.

How does what you do fit into the overall shipping landscape?

As a chartering manager I, together with other stakeholders, help to facilitate the movement of vital commodities.

This includes negotiating contracts with shipping companies, coordinating cargo loading and unloading activities and compliance with safety and environmental regulations. Overall, my role is one piece of the giant shipping puzzle.

What is the best thing about the maritime industry, in your opinion?

One of the best things about the maritime industry is its global reach. The industry offers a unique combination of global impact, diverse career opportunities, and excitement and adventure. It's an appealing choice for individuals passionate about making a difference in the world.

What are our industry's biggest challenges, and what can we do about them?

The industry faces a range of challenges. Chief amongst these is environmental sustainability. This industry is rising to this, working on a range of solutions, including the use of alternative fuels.

Digitalisation is another topic the industry is having to consider right now. Traditionally, shipping has focused on manual processes and paper documentation. However, digitalisation and automation can really help improve efficiency and reduce costs.

The shipping industry is currently facing a shortage of skilled workers. A solution could be investment in education, as well as the promotion of diversity to encourage a broader range of talent.

There are a number of geopolitical and economic risks for the industry at the present time. The Russia-Ukraine war is a good example. The industry is having to consider diversification of routes and markets while developing more resilient supply chains and investing in contingency planning and risk management.

With a collaborative effort from industry stakeholders, governments, and international organisations, these challenges can be addressed to support the continued growth and development of this vital sector.

How has the ICS experience helped you to get where you are today?

The ICS has played an essential role, in supporting my professional development, enabling me to make meaningful contributions to the global shipping landscape.

For professionals in the shipping industry, the ICS offers numerous benefits, including access to industry best practices, networking opportunities, and training and development programmes.

I've been involved with the ICS for 15 years. Throughout this period, the ICS provided the opportunity to stay updated on industry trends and developments and to use that knowledge to help me stay competitive.

Which branch are you currently associated with?

I started my career as an import/export Shipping Executive within the shipping industry and have been fortunate to be associated with ICS in London, we well as branches in India and the Middle East where I cleared my PQE, and became a member (MICS) in 2015. Since then, I have developed through different roles. I am currently associated with the ICS Australia & New Zealand Branch.

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What piece of advice would you give to those thinking about studying with the ICS?

Take some time to consider which programme is the right one for you. After that, you need to be prepared to work hard; ICS courses are challenging, but they do reward the effort.

I also think networking is very important. One of the benefits of the ICS is the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the industry; take advantage of this.

Next to that, it's important to stay up to date. : Shipping is constantly evolving and it's essential to stay knowledgeable about new trends, regulations, and technologies.

Finally, I encourage those studying with the ICS to stay curious, engaged, and passionate about the shipping industry and to turn those qualities into a successful and fulfilling career.

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