Tradelane Project Management


Expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Project Manager and Skills Development Advisor and Social Entrepreneur.

Current Position:

Facilitator and Advocate for Women Entrepreneur Development and Leadership.

•             Founder and Board Member of Siyaloba Community Training Centre

•             Project Initiator and Manager for Women Entrepreneur Development and Leadership Projects Internationally

•             Project Initiator and Manager for Community Development Projects Nationally

•             Advocate for Women and Maritime Matters Nationally

•             Appointed Representative on various Development and Training Boards

•             Skills Development Facilitator

•             Verifier, Facilitator, Internal Assessor and Moderator

•             Certified ILO WEDGE Programme Trainer

•             Franchise Associate & Trainer Business Edge IFC SA

•             Managing Director- Tradelane Project Management Education Training and Development Pty Ltd

•             Board Member of the South African Sea Cadets Training Committee – Training Advisor to the Executive

•             Key Note Speaker


Recipient of:

•             Business Women's Association's (BWA) National Business Achievers Award as the Social Entrepreneur for 2008/2009

•             Royal Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Meritorious Service Award 29 April 2010

•             Business Partners Certificate of Recognition Honouring Exceptional Achievement – 7 June 2011

Project Maritime Training Born 10 August 1969 in Krugersdorp, West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Matriculated in 1987 from Grenville High School, Rustenburg and promptly joined the South African Navy in 1987, did basic training in Saldanha Bay and this is where she found her passion the Sea and training. During her 11 years in the South African Navy she specialised in various Maritime Disciplines Navigation, Electronic Warfare, Electronic Navigation Systems, Tactics, Strategy and earning a Diploma in Educational Technology. She was the first female instructor to be deployed to teach the newly integrated South African National Defence Force Naval Combat Officers in 1994. During this time she was deployed to the Strike Craft Flotilla onboard several of the vessels in the position of Senior Operations Radar/ Navigation. This time operationally just added fuel to the fire and she lost herself to the sea. Yvonne left the Navy in 1998 to pursue a career in the civilian world, gaining experience and holding several positions in the civilian Maritime Industry, Commercial Fishing and Offshore Oil and Gas. In 2000 when she assisted some fisherman on the West Coast to understand chart work to be able to pass their watch keeper exams she started up a Maritime Training and Offshore Facility in Saldanha Bay ( but has continued going to sea during this time periodically).The training centre has grown from strength to strength to a fully fledged Private Maritime Facility servicing the Fishing, Merchant and Offshore Maritime Industries Yvonne uses her 20 plus years of seagoing and maritime training experience to ensure that the training delivered at the centre is personal, structured meets the requirements of firstly the code, learner and employer. Once the training centre has reached its full potential and Yvonne has been able to duplicate this model nationally will she return to her first love the sea.

Human Resources Executive Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Limited Mary-Lou has been the Human Resources Executive at Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd since 2008. She gained her experience as an HR Practitioner mainly in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Engineering Industries. Prior to this, she received exposure to the Media Industry while working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Mary-Lou obtained a Diploma in Human Resources Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a B Comm. (Honours) degree at the University of the Western Cape. Mary-Lou's current position at Sea Harvest brings a new dimension to her role in the industry. It has afforded her the opportunity of chairing the South African Fishing Industry Employer Organisation. She is also an Executive Committee member of the Bargaining Council for the Fishing Industry, having chaired this organisation in the past as well.

SAMSA Stream Lead Fishing & Aquaculture Captain Nigel Campbell to sea in 1971 and sailed with Shell Tankers, SA Marine Corporation and SA Agulhas, obtaining his certificate of Competency as a Master Mariner in 1982 and was awarded the Society of Master Mariners prize for the highest marks in the country. In 1982 he came ashore and joined Sea Harvest Corporation as Operations Superintendent, becoming Fleet Operations Manager then General Manager of Mariette Fishing and finally the Trawling Division. He joined SAMSA as a ship surveyor in 1999, in 2001 was tasked to set up the fishing vessels safety unit and then the Occupational Health and Safety Unit in 2004. He became a Regional Manager in 2008 and joined the Executive in 2011. Since 2005 he has chaired the International Maritime Organisation's Fishing Vessel Safety Working Group. In 2004 he was the technical adviser to the South African Government delegation to the International Labour Conference and after chairing various expert groups was appointed chair of the Committee of the Whole that fianalized and led to the adoption of the Work in Fishing Convention in 2008. He has also chaired the Food and Agriculture Organization's Expert Consultation on best safety practices in the fishing sector.

Partner, Webber Wentel AREAS OF EXPERTISE • Admiralty and maritime litigation • Marine insurance • Carriage of goods by land and sea • Commercial litigation and client recoveries • Insurance litigation BACKGROUND Gavin is a partner and heads up the Shipping, Marine Insurance and Transport Practice at Webber Wentzel. He has 20 years' experience in the maritime legal field, including matters such as marine casualties, ship arrests, judicial ship sales, ship sale and purchase, cargo claims, hull claims, charter party disputes, bills of lading disputes, general average matters, freight forwarding, marine pollution, salvage claims, security matters, ship finance, mortgage foreclosures and related commercial work. Gavin has been involved in major maritime litigation resulting from disasters and casualties on land and sea since 1992. Recent casualty matters include the grounding of the Eihatsu Maru at Clifton Beach, the collision between the Sardauna and the Orionis near the Port of Cape Town in 2011, the Alina II in the Port of Saldanha in 2010, the grounding and wreck of the Seli 1 in Table Bay during 2009, and the Long Charity in Saldanha Bay in 2009. Major casualties in which Gavin has been involved in the past also include the South Seas Driller oil rig casualty in the Port of Cape Town in 1998, the epic eight years of BOS 400 litigation that followed the loss of the USD100 million barge while under tow near Sandy Bay in 1994, the 2002 sinking of the fishing vessel Meob Bay near Luderitz, the loss of the marine diamond mining vessel Shelf Explorer off Namibia in 2003, the stranding of the Sealand Express in Table Bay in 2003, and many others. Gavin has also been extensively involved in arrest work, having represented parties to numerous reported judgments including in relation to the enforcement of foreign and local arbitration awards and judgments and obtaining security for foreign and local litigants, including by way of associated ship arrests and also the arrest of bunkers. Gavin is the chairperson of the Cape Chapter of the Maritime Law Association, a position which he has held since 2006 and is a member of the national executive committee of the Association. As such, he is party to the drafting and consideration of all new maritime legislation, regulations and policies affecting the maritime industry. Gavin was a member of the Maritime Industry Development Council and participated in its tonnage tax sub-committee. He presently plays a leading role in advising the ports of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay in various respects. MAJOR & RECENT TRANSACTIONS Representing the time charterers of the Panos Earth, the stricken vessel which has been under arrest in False Bay since March 2012. Acting as an advisor to an interested party in relation to the recent grounding of the Eihatsu Maru at Clifton Beach. Represented Transnet Limited (The National Ports Authority of South Africa), in the Banglar Mookh matter in successfully resisting a pilotage related claim by the Bangladeshi Shipping Corporation, being that country's national shipping fleet, winning the trial in 2010 and the recent appeal in March 2012. Represented the Port of Cape Town in relation to the collision between the Sardauna and the Orionis near the entrance to the port in May 2011. Represented the owners of the F Elephant, which was under arrest in Saldanha Bay for a considerable period during 2011, at the instance of numerous creditors. Represents Celtic Link Ferries in the arrest of the Louis Dreyfus Lines' vessel Fairmount Fuji, winning a recent heavily contested security arrest application for a substantial sum. Represented the Harbour Master in relation to the Alina II casualty in the port of Saldanha Bay. Represented the Port of Cape Town in respect of the grounding and wreck of the Seli 1 in Table Bay, during 2009, the repercussions of which are ongoing. Advised Transnet in respect of the Long Charity casualty in Saldanha Bay, during 2009. Dealt with the eviction of the oil rig Neptune Finder from the port of Cape Town. Advised the port of Cape Town with regard to the proposed berthing of the passenger liner QE2 in the port during the football World Cup. v Handled the salvage matter Cleopatra Dream, recently concluded in the Appeal Court, clarify the meaning of the Salvage Convention in respect of a public authority's right to claim salvage in appropriate cases. Major matters in the past include acting for the Owners and underwriters of the South Seas Driller oil rig, acting for the Owners and underwriters of the barge BOS400, acting for the Owners of the marine diamond mining vessels Shelf Explorer and Lady S, acting for the hull underwriters of the Bonasia, acting for the Owners of the Snow Crystal, and many others. ACCOLADES • Head of the Mallinicks' maritime department for seven years. • Listed by Legal Experts EMEA 2012 as an expert in his field. • Listed as highly recommended by Legal 500 2011 (Shipping). Gavin is described as 'always approachable', 'lightning fast' with 'encyclopaedic knowledge'. • Legal 500 2012 describes Gavin as 'extremely easy to work with' and also 'exceptionally knowledgeable'." MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES • Chairperson of the Cape Chapter of the Maritime Law Association • National Executive Committee of the Maritime Law Association • Cape Law Society CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION Involved in the drafting of maritime legislation, regulations and amendments, as part of the Maritime Law Association Involved in commenting upon the proposed tonnage tax, and government initiatives to promote a South African ships register Involved in numerous important legal decisions, for example the Banglar Mookh Appeal Court judgment (in which the Port was exonerated from blame in a pilotage collision case), the F Elephant / Gulf Sheba Shipping Limited judgment of the Western Cape High Court (which extended the meaning of the associated ship arrest provision deeming charterers to be owners), the Fairmount Fuji Western Cape High judgment (awarding Celtic Link Ferries substantial security from Louis Dreyfus Lines), the Cleopatra Dream Appeal Court judgment (clarifying a public authority's right to claim salvage), the Vogerunner Western Cape High Court judgment (dealing with the arrest of bunkers, and related ownership issues), the Lady S Appeal Court judgment (clarifying the requirements for judicial ship sales); the Bow Neptun judgment (establishing that a P&I Club letter is an acceptable form of security); the Gendor Holdings/City Fishing Appeal Court judgment relating to the Northern Phoenix (establishing that maritime claimants may seek to liquidate a party notwithstanding the existence of a maritime fund); the Snow Crystal Appeal Court judgment (regarding claims against the Port authorities based in contract); and numerous judgments relating generally to the field of ship arrests (including bunker arrests) inter alia to obtain security for local and foreign proceedings • Lectured to various law firms and P&I clubs in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the Netherlands in 2010 • 2011 - Lectured to law firms and P&I Clubs in London • 2012 - Lectured to law firms and P&I Clubs in Hong Kong and Singapore QUALIFICATIONS • BA & LLB (University of Cape Town) • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law

Chairman BHP BILLITON SA LTD He began his career as a Lecturer in Physics at the University of Swaziland in 1978. During his career he became Head of the Physics Department. He left Swaziland for Perth, Australia during 1988 as a refugee. On his return to South Africa in 1993 he joined the Atomic Energy Corporation in 1993 as a Senior Scientist in Applied Radiation Technology. He later moved to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to become to take up a position of Technology Transfer Manager. In 1997 the CSIR seconded him to establish the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) which played a key role in the formulation of the National Science and Technology Policy White Paper. In January 1999 he was appointed the CEO of the National Electricity Regulator (NER) where he was tasked with rebuilding it into a reputable Regulatory Authority in Africa. From the Regulator he joined the private corporate world as CEO of the Process Engineering Company, Bateman Africa Limited. He is currently Chairman, BHP Billiton SA Ltd. In this role he is the custodian of the BHP Billiton business strategy in South Africa. He oversees the company's governance compliance with the company's legal and social requirements such as transformation to ensure that their license to operate is protected. He is also responsible for the overall stakeholder management and company positioning in South Africa. He chairs the SA Operational Committee, comprising of the global CSG Presidents of businesses with operations in South Africa, i.e. Aluminium, Energy Coal and Manganese. Xolani holds a BSc Maths and Physics from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, and completed a MSc and PhD in Applied Physics at the University of Lancaster, UK. BIOGRAPHY OF:

Head, Human Resources Group, Magsaysay Group of Companies

Marlon is the Head of the Human Resource Group of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, which employs over 35,000 professionals in various industries such as Shipping, Cruise, Hospitality, healthcare, Engineering and Information Technology. With over 3 decades of experience as a Human Resource Practitioner, he has held important positions in the Philippine Maritime Industry, as President of the largest maritime employment association in the Philippines- the Filipino Association of Mariners Employment and also as head of the industry-wide Philippine Joint Manning Group, which is composed of all stakeholders of the Philippine Maritime Industry. Marlon is currently the President of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Magsaysay Global Services Inc., Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Magsaysay Learning, Fairmont Shipping in the Philippines. He is also the President of PT Meranti-Magsaysay, Indonesia and Director of Magsaysay Hong Kong Ltd. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Magsaysay People Resources.

Broadcaster and Public Speaker Our MC/guest/next guest speaker is both a successful journalist and broadcaster and a highly-experienced businessman and entrepreneur. Currently he anchors The Mid Day Report, a hard-hitting news, current affairs and business show, simulcast on Gauteng's Radio 702 and the Western Cape's Cape Talk. Off air, his management skills have taken him to the Board of Primedia Broadcasting, where he held the news, programming and IT portfolios. He has also been Group MD of the New Holland Struik Publishing Group where he executed a successful turnaround strategy, returning the company to profitability in just 16 months. During this process, he completed several offshore acquisitions for the Group and is, therefore, well equipped to comment on opportunities for South African business abroad. With an MA from Cambridge and an MBA from Henley, he consults on marketing, public relations and media strategy. He edits the new business publication for GIBS called 'Acumen', he also edits the quarterly magazine, 'Directorship" for the Institute of Directors and writes a twice-weekly political analysis piece for 'iMaverick.' Please welcome Chris Gibbons

Director and Principal Engineer, Yacht Technology Pty (LTD) Dr Brian Gowans served in the Royal Navy before emigrating to South Africa to manage a shipyard in Durban. After a period as Professor of Engineering at University of Durban he moved to Cape Town as a Consulting Engineer in shipbuilding, ship repair and the yachting industry. He has advised in the construction of an number of vessels and in the productivity of yards. He has consulted internationally and has recently been involved with Malawi, Tanzania Governments and the Emirates. More recently he has become involved in the ports and harbours sectors, in surveys and upgrade proposals. He has been a member of the Maritime Industry Task Team and was appointed as a Ports Regulator from 2007 to 2012.