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Mr. Tony Field


Responsible for all Business/Operational aspects of the MEA including P&L Plus Director Consultancy – Vention Global Consulting sine Feb 2019

22 years at sea including the last 8 as Master serving on a wide range of vessels (container, multi-purpose, Ro-Ro, car carriers, bulk carriers, general cargo and offshore) Operated my own Consultancy Company in the US Gulf specialising in supervising cargo operations on board/ashore, damage surveys & incident investigation Joined Lloyd’s Register in 1994 and managed the MMS for the EMEA between 1998 & 2008. Experienced in accident investigation, Risk assessment of vessels, companies and port / harbour operations plus re-structuring of shipping related companies. Marine Area Management since 2008. 2019 Partner in Advisory Company – Vention Global in addition to working for LR.


Alok Roy
Fleet Director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Bsm)

Present designation: Fleet Director since 2014. The crew department and 3 fleets each under a fleet Manager report to me.
Total ships under management: 84

    Notable experiences

  • 12 years sailing experience in various ranks from 5th Engineer to Chief Engineer on General Cargo ships, Bulk carriers, Crude oil and Product tankers.
  • 26 years’ experience ashore in ship management. Worked as Technical Superintendent for 10 years; Fleet Manager for 10 years and presently Fleet Director for 6 years.
  • Experienced in handling Bulk carriers, container vessels, general cargo vessels, Ro-ro, Product tankers, Crude oil carriers, Chemical tankers, Gas tankers (Ethylene and LPG) and Storage tankers.
  • Experienced in dry docking of more than 50 vessels in Europe, south east Asia, Japan and China with extensive steel renewal – in one case about 3,000 mt of steel.
Mr. Samad Osman
Chief Executive Office (Sub Saharan Africa), Hapag Lloyd

Past Experience and Achievements

Fellow Member Institute of Chartered Transport and Logistics UK/SA Senior Vice President for Africa and Regional Expansion - IFRAMAC / BAI (British American Investment), Mauritius (May 2014 to March 2015).Responsible for group investments in India and Africa. Expansion into two new markets in the first month of role with development of a further two markets.

Consultant - Bajaj/ Dubai Auto Gallery – Automotive Industry, Dubai (Jan 2014 to April 2014) Concluded business plans for Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Rwanda/Burundi, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Cameroun and Eastern DRC within that period and implemented Liberia and Sierra Leone. Key responsibility is to develop a network representation in own legal entities from 5 to 13 countries

AP Moller – Maersk Group (Nov 2000 – Dec 2013) Managing Director of Damco South Africa and Director for Southern Africa cluster Region (Jan 2012 – Dec 2013) (Location Cape Town) Regional Director of Damco Eastern Africa, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands (Jan 2006 – Dec 2011) (Location Kenya) Managing Director Maersk Uganda LTD (Feb 2005 – Dec 2005) (Location Uganda) General Manager Maersk Logistics Container Business Manager, Maersk Line and Maersk, Maersk Mauritius LTD (Jan 2000 – Dec 2002)

Capt. Gautam Ramaswamy
Director (Regulatory Affairs)
The Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

Captain Ramaswamy is a Master Mariner with rich experience in various facets of the Maritime Industry.He is a well-known face in the industry, with a vast network spanning industry organisations, shipowners, ship managers, ship yards and other service providers.

Gautam is a millennial and is a self-confessed “worshiper of technology” and a “digital thinker”. Being vocal with his views on how technology must urgently intervene in the evolution of the maritime industry, by making drastic changes to its very foundations, makes him no stranger to controversy.

He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and The Nautical Institute. He is a Committee Member of the Nautical Institute's Hong Kong Branch.