Executive Committee


Alison Millar



New Vice-Chairman and Education Officer

Alison Millar (FICS) M.Com who will be taking on the role of both Vice Chairman and Education Officer, is director of Southern Ocean Line (Pty) Ltd as well as of Millar Maritime (Pty) Ltd.

She has an M.Com in Economics and is a former Chairman of the SA Branch (from 2000 -2004), serving on the branch committee from 1998-2006, as well as representing the branch at Controlling Council and being a founding member of the ICS Exec Council from 2001-2006.

Starting off working life lecturing and tutoring Economics at the University of Natal in Durban she later joined Unicorn Lines and this was followed by periods as Line Manager and Liner Executive at Mitchell Cotts Maritime and Rennies Ships Agency before she ventured into self-employment.

Alison has also tutored the Economics of Sea Transport Course for the ICS SA Branch students and at Prep in both South Africa and Mombasa.


Eddy Neilson



New Chairman of The South Africa Branch

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers South Africa Branch is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chairman, Mr Eddy Neilson FICS Master Mariner.

He has spent 11 years at sea, attaining his master foreign going certificate, thereafter 11 years at Grindrod/Unicorn and has run his own shipping business for the last 20 years.
Eddy became a member of the ICS in 1994 and has since been a promoted to a Fellow.

Catherine Moodie


New Committee Member

“I started my shipping career in Richards Bay in 1998 as an Operations secretary as well as a few months as trainee cargo surveyor.

In 2001 I travelled to the United Kingdom to gain additional working and travel experience and undertook a role as PA and Cargo Forwarding Coordinator with Osprey Shipping UK Ltd.

I completed the ICS Qualifying Exams with the Award for Highest Achievement for Economics of Sea Transport in 2004.

When Osprey Shipping acquired tugs and barges my role expanded into Marketing, ISO, Turnkey solutions proposals with the collaboration of coaster and heavy lift chartering, marine insurance, port agency, crew contracts and HR support.

I also assisted part time with consular tasks for Norway, Sweden and Denmark during my employment with Osprey Shipping Limited as an Admin Manager. Other experiences included time spent with AutoLogic Vehicle Logistics and Hydro International whom develop innovative solutions for cost-effective storm and wastewater management.

In 2012 I returned to Richards Bay with my husband Alasdair and two sons and joined Sturrock Grindrod Maritime. I am currently working towards completing my Bcom Degree in Transport and Logistics.”


Sumit Banerjee (MICS)



Master of Business Administration and Master of Commerce

Sumit holds two post graduate degrees – Master of Business Administration and Master of Commerce. He also holds a degree in Law and other qualifications in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He became an MICS by qualifying all required subjects in one go.

Sumit has over 30 years of work experience in various industries and in various countries in the Middle East, Red Sea region and African continent besides India – his home country. He is presently based in South Africa holding the top position of an international group covering almost all facets of shipping and logistics.

An avid golfer with passions in travel and photography, Sumit is keen to share his knowledge and experience with people who are interested in the same – be it in a formal classroom environment or in casual settings. He finds pleasure in utilising his organising ability for the growth and development of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.


Tony Norton (FICS)


Sub Committee: BVC, Ethics & Discipline

Tony is a director at ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs), and has 26 years of experience as a shipping and logistics attorney specialising in maritime law. He has been a member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa for 27 years, two as president. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and has been Chairman of the South African Branch. He has been chairperson of the National Port Users Forum, an association of trade associations in the broader shipping industry. He has also lectured and spoken on Maritime Law and Commodity Trading matters at various seminars and forums. He is married to Lynn and enjoys outings with his family as well as reading and relaxing.


Malte Kersten (FICS)

Malte was born and raised in Germany and has started his career in shipping with DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien in Hamburg some 28 years ago. He has worked in all fields of shipping, from water clerk to finance, from sales to operations. Since 2005 he is back in Africa for the second time in his life and still working for DAL. He lectured ‘Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade’ for the German Chapter of the ICS and was also appointed by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce to chair an examination board for shipping students. Malte is also a Director of the ‘South African Association of Ship Operators & Agents’ (SAASOA) and serves the Durban Chapter of SAASOA as Chairman at the same time.


Shelley Dovey (FICS)


Sub Committee: Marketing, Finance, Education & HR

Shelley started her shipping career in 2005 with the Ensign / Jadica group. She has held various positions within the group and is involved in vessel chartering, cargo broking, grain storage & handling and general cargo warehousing & logistics. She is currently a director & shareholder at Ensign Shipping & Logistics. Shelley is a tutor for Understanding Shipping and Dry Cargo Chartering


Philippa Malherbe (MICS) B Comm


SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Treasurer

After attaining her B Comm (Accounts, Business Information Systems & Economics), Philippa worked abroad for 6 years. Upon returning to Durban she joined Grindrod’s Trading division as a Financial Accountant. She later transferred to a Management Accountant role in the shipping division and then took an opportunity to join the operations team.

Philippa began and completed the MICS within 6 months of joining operations, achieving several subject prizes & being awarded joint top student. She is enjoying working as an Operations Executive and is using her extensive business process re-engineering & system implementation experience to continue to refine business processes in the workplace. She is married to Jeremy and recently had their first child.



Hariesh Manaadiar (FICS, MBA)  – JHB Chapter



SA Branch Committee Portfolio: JHB Chapter Head

Hariesh has been in the shipping and freight industry for over a quarter of a century and has worked in several sectors covering clearing and forwarding, vessel operations, stowage planning, equipment control, sales and marketing and management.

Hariesh is passionate about training and mentoring people in the shipping and freight industry as well as youth development. He shares his extensive knowledge and experience through his award winning Shipping and Freight Resource blog, an educational blog aimed at piquing the interest of newcomers to join the industry.

Hariesh is also involved with the YCAP (Youth Citizens Action) Programme which undertakes mentoring and youth development in the townships. His other interests include web design, blogging, reading, pets and golf.


Amanda Harrison (MICS)  – Richards Bay Chapter



SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Richards Bay Chapter Head

Amanda has spent the last 15 years involved in the maritime industry. Having worked her way through the ranks within the Ships Agency business, Amanda is now actively involved in the day to day operations at D and A Shipping Richards Bay, where she has spent the last 5 years. She completed ICS Qualifying exams in 2009. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys walking, mountain biking & spending time with her family.


Mahendra (Bobby) Ramphul (FICS) – Mauritius Chapter



MBA ( Maritime Management) – Australian Maritime College.

Bobby has more than 20 years experience in the commercial shipping environment and is currently the Operations Manager of the Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd (MSCL) based in Port Louis, Mauritius.