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Shipping Manager


I am seeking a shipping management position where I can expand on my experience in this field and utilize said experience to increase both customer satisfaction and the company’s overall reputation.


Current Position

Period: June 2008 to present

Name of the company: RED Transport Nigeria Limited

Designation: Shipping Manager

Purpose of Position

Guide the operational units Freight Forwarding [Air, Sea, Projects and Logistics] and Shipping Agency in all operational areas and ensures operational excellence, high productivity and customer satisfaction.


• Maintain all shipping operations and administration

• Plan for cargoes [wet/dry] and ship arrival including monitoring [FPSO] offshore support vessels operation and securing a safe berthing space

• Coordinate and monitor movement of vessels liaising with the ship captain, owners and charterers or receivers.

• Coordinate processing of temporary importation permit, cabotage permit or wavier for operation of project vessels in Nigeria

• Manage the ships and cargo logistics general operation

• Handling all special [project] cargo vessel discharge, loading and logistics

• Establish all shipping documentation requirements and operating procedures for inbound/outbound cargo/ship and keeping abreast of changes in regulatory laws

• Organizes and participates in regular reviews with clients to ensure customer satisfaction and sustainable business relationship

• Establishes guidelines, standards and conduct implementation processes, customs SOP’s reporting frequency, formats and design KPI’s for new accounts in collaboration with the General Manager

• Establish strategic business development and interaction with the local community

• Coordinate with business development and marketing on quotations for new projects

• Ensures that pricing and services offered to all relevant accounts are in line with “best in class” available

• Review the project materials and equipment list to determine modes of logistics best suited for movement of materials to destination

• Manage delivery/shipping documentation and oversee the preparation of shipping instructions

• Ensure cargo release documentation are properly done and cargo released based on company policies

• Overseeing shipment coordination with haulage vendors to ensure smooth and cost effective deliveries

• Drive invoicing plan and ensure cargo are shipped to Clients in accordance to contractual obligation

• Analyze operation reports to identify cost savings possibilities.

• guide the sales team in generating successful logistics businesses

• Ensure good communication and relations with all internal/external parties

• Establish all project files are invoiced and closed out promptly

• Regular reporting, as agreed to Management

• Any other tasks which may be assigned by the Country Manager/Operations Director/Managing Director.

Career History

Period: March 2007 – June 2008

Name of company: Star View (Shipping) Nigeria Limited

Designation: Agency Manager


• Management of Shipping and Agency staff

• oversee and manage projects to ensure that they are completed in accordance with project deadlines and budgets

• Define, optimize and implement country standard operational processes in cooperation with the Managing Director

• Monitor performance on operational excellence and initiate corrective measures

• Assure appropriate staffing and training in conjunction with HR/MD

• Maximize savings through duty minimization programs

• Ensure the organization financial goals are met

• Prepare annual budgets and ensure that a given site operates within its financial budget

• Assure the correct and full use of operation enabling applications

• Collect, fosters and implements specific industry know how and diagnose client’s needs

• Source and manage haulage suppliers to provide reliable movement arrangements at lower costs

• Assures and provides timely responses to customers generated RFI, RFQ, RFP and tender processes.

• Manage and liaise with clients on shipping documentations and cargo delivery lead time

• Develops, builds rapport and nurtures long term partnerships with clients, translating our capabilities to customers value

• Manage and ensure that all documentation processes are handled efficiently in compliance with local and foreign regulatory requirements

• Establish release of cargo is in accordance with company policies

• Ensure smooth operations by relating with charterers and ship owners including involved government agencies

• Ensure all files are invoice at the end of a project

• Establish quotes for new projects in accordance with company policies

• Tasks as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director

Period: February 2004 – January 2007

Name of company: Hull Blyth Group Nigeria Limited

Designation: Marine Operations Manager


• Close monitoring movement of each ship in the schedule and advising Masters accordingly

• Keep all concerned aware of vessels itinerary and updating port situation

• Communication with Charterers or Receivers as well as responding on behalf of Principals to Charterers complaints [after discussion with concerned Director when needed]

• Establish a safe berthing space and arrangements in place for her long siding.

• Managing vessel in port cargo operation to ensure smooth execution

• Checking and approving the cargo documentation such as bills of lading and statement of fact when appropriate

• Ensure required vessel re-arrival documentation is done timely in line with regulatory laws

• Monitoring movement of containers/cargo from point of discharge, delivery and empty back till back loaded for maximum utilization.

• Maintain all vessel and container administration including striping on LCL/FCL containers

• Coordinate with marketing and releasing section for proper container or cargo release

• Ensure good relationship with jetty operators and all other agencies for smooth vessel and container tracking operation

• Coordinating cargo clearance from the port

• Ensure cargo haulage and delivery in line with standard practice

• Task assigned by Management

Period: May 2000 – February 2004

Name of company: Elder Dempster Nigeria Limited

Designation: West Africa Operations Controller for Kien Hung/Hamburg-Sued Line


• Plan ship sailing schedules for West Africa Ports

• Monitor vessel movement and advise Master accordingly on voyage details

• Check cargo load out expectation for each West Africa port and advising stowage slots availability

• Monitoring performance and keeping all concerned aware of vessels updated schedule

• Preparing discharging and loading stowage plan for West Africa ports including Luanda.

• Monitor vessel performance and advise improvement where needed

• Coordinate the marine operation program and commercial issues within West Africa.

• Overseeing cargo documentation approval such as bills of lading and statements of facts when required

• Establishing required vessel pre-arrival documentation is in place prior her arrival.

• Ensure HSE and risk management is attained at the required regulatory level

• Gather and inform all parties involved jetties day to day situation

• Ensure maximum availability of slots and vessels for clients

• Consolidate daily reports from the respective country operations manager

• Prepare sailing orders, planning and monitoring vessels to ensure it meet with schedule or market.

• Coordinate ships voyage planning to ensure maximum utilization

• Vessels tracking to check with plan.

• Tasks assigned by the African Marine Coordinator

Period: February 2000 – May 2000

Name of company: Elder Dempster Nigeria Limited

Designation: Operations Officer


• Handling documentation with customs and all other Agencies prior and post vessel call.

• Attend to jetty and other Authorities issues to ensure smooth cargo operation of the vessel when at berth

• Report daily jetty activities to the marine operations manager

• Supervising vessel cargo operation and ensure actions according to stowage

• Assist in preparing vessel stowage

• Assisting in cargo equipment tracking and ensure equipment returned as at when due for maximum utilization

• Monitoring stripping of LCL, FCL container to ensure empty returned to required stacking point

• Attending port operational meetings and reporting back to the Marine Operation Manager

• Prepare cargo arrival advise for all concerned

• Issue job orders and instructions for collection and delivery of cargoes

• Prepare vouchers to shipping lines, government bodies and statutory boards

• Declare inward and outward customs clearance permit

• Liaison with shipping lines and freight forwarders on customer's shipments

• Provide assistance to the shipping staff.

• Advice and counsel customers on shipping methods.

• Maintain an inventory of shipping materials and supplies.

• Suggest and instruct customers on shipping products and services, routes and rates.

• Assemble, gather and document shipping parcels.

• Maintain and manage log books for incoming and outgoing parcels.

• Ensure proper delivery of materials to customers.

• Assist to coordinate the functions of all shipping related activities.

• Answer and respond to customer inquiries on shipping issues.

• Initiate and implement best practices in shipping processes.

• Tasks as may be assigned by the Operations Manager

Period: June 1996 – February 2000

Name of company: Marine Mutual Services Nigeria Limited

Designation: Cargo Survey Supervisor


• Reporting to the Chief Surveyor

• Representing Owners or Chartered during cargo operation

• Taking record of quantity discharged of loaded cargo

• Recording the quality or condition of the cargo as at time of operation

• Record of the cargo conveying equipment

• Taking record of the discrepancies if any

• Reporting day to day cargo quantity and quality position to the Chief survey

• Liaise with ship agents for an effective and efficient cargo operation

Period: April 1990 – August 1996

Name of company: CMB-T Nigeria Limited

Designation: Operations Assistant


• Documentation with Customs and other Authorities pre and post call of a vessel

• Relate with all Authorities on vessel and cargo operational issues,

• Supervising vessel cargo operation and ensure activities carried out according to stowage plan.

• Report daily vessel and jetty activities to the Operations Manager

• Monitor movement of container from discharge point to delivery to receivers and empty back to stacking point

• Monitor stripping of containers LCL, FCL to ensure empty back to normal stacking point

• Attend port operational meetings

• Advise customers of vessel schedules and discharge

• Verify product dimension and weight to select shipping method.

• Prepare freight quotations.

• Prepare labels and bills of lading.

• Verify and communicate shipping confirmation and payment terms.

• Track and monitor all calls from customers regarding shipping.

• Assist and support sales, export and warehouse departments.

• Maintain and update warehouse scorecards.

• Keep track of the trailer inventory.

• Resolve issues arising in shipping or inventory handling.

• Report any incidents or unsafe conditions immediately.

• Ensure all safety controls are in place.

• Ensure compliance to environmental management and systems.

• Tasks assigned by the Operations Manager

Period: March 1988 – April 1990

Name of company: Umarco Nigeria Plc

Designation: Operations Clerk


• Reporting to the Operations Supervisor

• On board Ship bay record clerk.

• Monitor on board stevedores cargo handling operation.

• Record any damage to cargo or equipment during cargo discharge and load operation

• Preparing bill of lading, telex release for cargo loaded and delivery.

• Prepare document for Authorities advise pre and post vessel cargo operation

• Attending/witnessing container stuffing/un-stuffing operation

• Record cargo movement from discharge to delivery and equipment back to stack area. Provide assistance in shipping department.

• Assist shipping coordinator in processing shipment issues.

• Receive and book merchandise for shipping.

• Print, sort and log shipping collates.

• Confirm shipping and manifesting.

• Check collates and note special products.

• Receive and process internal shipments.

• Provide warehouse support, stocking and inventory functions.

• Follow safety protocols in shipping processes of merchandise.

• Initiate and implement loss prevention logistics.

• Supervise unloading of all shipping materials.

• Check and verify received shipping materials as against shipping documents.


Educational Background

Continuing Professional Development

Nigerian Maritime Development Conference

Theme: Building a sustainable maritime industry in Nigeria {December 2013}

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Nigeria National Conference

Theme: Transport infrastructure and mobility in Nigeria {January 2011}

The Nigerian Institute of Shipping seminar

Theme: Managing Seaport security and safety operations in the Port reform era: challenges & prospects {November 2008}

The Nigerian Institute of Shipping seminar

Theme: Managing effective logistics operation and supply chains {September 2005}

The Nigerian Institute of Shipping seminar

Theme: Container operational logistics and terminal management {May 2005}

Universal Shipping and Aviation Development Centre Seminar – Resource Person

Theme: Career advancement & development in shipping & aviation challenges and prospects {March 2005}

The Nigerian Institute of Shipping Seminar

Theme: Shipping friendly environment {August 2002}

Nigerian Ports Authority national summit on corruption {2001}

Nigerian Institute of Shipping/Nigerian Shipper’s Council

Theme: Towards a competitive and sustainable shipper friendly shipping environment {August 2000}

National maritime conference {April 1996}


Professional Certification

• The Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management {2014}

Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management

• The Institute of Customer Relationship Management {2014}

Professional Certificate in Customer Relationship Management

Academic Certification

• West Coast University Panama

Master’s Degree in Shipping & Logistics Management {in view}

• American Academy of Project Management USA [2010]

Master Project Manager

• Project Management College United Kingdom [2008]

Executive Master Certificate in Project Management

• Federal University of Technology Owerri Nigeria {2004}

Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping Management

• Comptech Creative Systems Lagos Nigeria {2001}

Diploma in Computer Application/Operation

• Nigerian Institute of Shipping {2000}

Higher Diploma in Shipping & Logistics Management

• Federal College of Education {Technical} Yaba, Lagos {1996}

Advanced Certificate in Shipping Management

• School of Engineering and Technology Management London {1995}

Advanced Diploma in Export and Shipping Management

• Ede Grammar School Umunede Delta State Nigeria {1986}

W.A.S.C/G.C. E. Ordinary Level

• Ijehon Primary School, Umunede Delta State Nigeria {1980}

First School Leaving Certificate


Career Functional Capabilities

• Functional know-how in air, sea, logistics, supply chain management and ships agency.

• Operational know-how [Customer Service, Document Processing, Customs Clearance, Ships Port Agency]

• Understanding of company [strategy and products]

• Developing market knowledge [customers, competitors, suppliers, overall environment]

• Strong administrative skills

• Developing and maintaining SOP’s

Management Skills

• People Management and Leadership [training & Development, Coaching, Performance Management]

• Organizational skills [prioritize, plan, assign and control]

• Decision making

Computer Application/Operations kills

• Computer Appreciation

• Ms Word

• Ms Excel

• Ms Power Point

• Typing

• Page Maker

Personality Traits

• Customer focused

• Stress resistant

• Able to work in a diverse environment and cultures

• Respect cultural differences

• Communication & Interpersonal skills

• Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills


Professional Honour/Membership

• Member Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management

• Member Institute of Customer Relationship Management

• Member American Academy of Project Management

• Member Chartered Institute of Shipping Nigeria

• Member Institute of Transport Administration

• Member Nigerian Institute of Shipping

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