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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.