Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Catherine Moodie

Chairman and Education Officer

Catherine Moodie (MICS) has been elected as the Chairman and Education Officer for the South African branch of the ICS.

Catherine started her shipping career in Richards Bay in 1998 as an Operations secretary and has worked in various roles within the maritime industry.  She has a Diploma in Financial Management, a BComm in Transport and Logistics and completed the ICS Qualifying Exams with the Award for Highest Achievement for Economics of Sea Transport.  Catherine became an ICS member in 2004.

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Durand Naidoo


Durand Naidoo is the Managing Director of the Linsen Nambi Group of Companies, which has interests in bunker delivery services, liquid bulk and dry bulk transport.

He is the youngest-ever South African to be promoted to a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, his qualifications include a diploma in Marine Surveying from Lloyd’s of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Maritime Economics.

Eddy Neilson

Education and Finance Officer

Master Mariner, Mr Eddy Neilson (FICS), Eddy became a member of the ICS in 1994 and has since been a promoted to a Fellow.

He has spent 11 years at sea, attaining his master foreign going certificate, thereafter 11 years at Grindrod/Unicorn and has since run his own shipping business for the last 20 years.

Goscelin Gordon

After completing her Master of Laws in Shipping, Goscelin joined the shipping team of a large local law firm where she practised for five years, gaining valuable experience in all facets of maritime law, including but not limited to ship arrests, ship sales and charter party disputes.

Goscelin completed her MICS in 2018, obtaining several subject prizes along the way. She is currently consulting for Caveat Legal. Goscelin enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors and enjoying wildlife.

Captain Lance Tiedt

1986: Went to Sea as a Navigation Cadet with Safmarine. – sailed on their various vessels (container, bulk carriers, multi-purpose vessels and the tug Wolraad Woltemade) In the ranks Navigation Cadet to Chief Officer

1987: Attended General Botha SA Merchant Navy Academy for all shore Training

1996: Master’s Certificate of Competency

1997: Cape Technikon National Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies

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Malte Kersten

Malte started his shipping career in Germany and holds two German Shipping degrees, became an officer in the German Navy, then studied membership exams with ‘The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ and ‘The Chartered Institute of Transport’.

He held various management positions in shipping companies up to director level and successfully set-up a whole new agency network for an international shipping line in southern Africa. Currently, Malte is the CEO of ‘Polaris Ship Agencies (PTY) Ltd.’.

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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.

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Daniel Ngubane

Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Daniel holds an S2 in Maritime Studies (DUT), an ISM/ISPS Auditor Certificate (from Wavelink College, Singapore), Finance for non-financial managers ‘certificate and a Fellowship from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of London.

He is currently completing his dissertation for a Master’s Degree in Economics in Maritime Studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal-Durban.

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Theresa Ferreira

Marketing Sub-committee

Theresa started her career in the shipping industry working as a receptionist. Through the company she was afforded the opportunity to study with the ICS where she was awarded subject prize for Liner Trades. The valuable knowledge gained through her studies over the years which followed assisted her to move up and within the company where she has been for the past 11 years. She currently handles export customer service desk, coordinating bookings and sales with MOL ACE (Auto Carrier Express).

In her spare time you will find Theresa enjoying a jog along Durban’s Golden Mile or spending time with family and friends.

Gail Jansen van Vuuren

Gail worked in Human Resources for eight years at Richards Bay Coal Terminal, then left to have her daughter. Upon returning to the workplace she joined Panafco which eventually became Panargo/Richards Bay Steamships.

Gail returned to RBCT Operations Planning Department for a few years and then joined her current company GAC Shipping, Richards Bay.

Monique Goosen

Monique started her career by working for three years in marketing before moving into logistics. She worked as a trading & logistics assistant for a mining company while studying her ICS PQE. After completing her PQE she focused her career towards logistics operations and shipping. In 2017 Monique became both a member of the ICS and a logistics manager. She continued to grow within her role and is currently operating a new venture focused on trade and logistics worldwide. Monique hopes to make a positive contribution to the shipping industry.


Amanda Harrison (MICS)

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.

Theo Scholiadis

MSc Shipping, Trade & Transport – University of the Aegean (Greece), ICS Cape Town Chapter Head.

Currently the Managing Director of bluVerve Maritime Software, Theo has been in the maritime industry for 12 years. Having studied a Bachelor of Business Science (specialised in Computer Science) at the University of Cape Town, and then a Masters in Shipping, Trade & Transport at the University of the Aegean in Greece, he has worked as a Sale & Purchase broker for Cotzias Shipbrokers and Intermodal Shipbrokers, as well as a software developer for Fortune Technologies, writing software tailored to ship-owning companies. Currently he runs a software company that specialises in the maritime industry.

Mahendra (Bobby) Ramphul (FICS)

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.

Joan Murphy

JNB Chapter Head and committee member

Joan has been with MUR Shipping for 22 years. She joined the Company in 1996 as a Girl Friday and moved to the operations team in 2000 upon the successful completion of her Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Qualifying Examinations.

As a senior operator for an owner/operator shipping company with offices worldwide, she has experience in all aspects of dry bulk and break-bulk shipping in several trades.
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Student Representatives

Bibi Motala

Student Representative

Bibi Motala is an Associate in ENSafrica’s Shipping, Ports and Logistics department, specialising in maritime law.

Bibi has assisted in matters on behalf of vessel owners and operators, as well as various trade associations that represent their interests and their insurers (including hull underwriters and protection and indemnity clubs). She has also acted for mortgagee banks, ship agents and clearing and forwarding agents.

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Byron Vather

Student Representative

Sales and Marketing Director, Alpha Shipping Agency (PTY) LTD

Byron Vather is the Group Sales Director Alpha Shipping South Africa, a position that has seen me grow, stumble and fall and then rise again. I’ve had many key players along my journey, my parents and my wife being the most important.
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Durban Office

Glynis McGrath      –       Branch Manager

Sanisha Balmeek    –      Administration Officer