Daniel Ngubane takes the helm at MBC and MCS

Daniel Ngubane has been appointed Group CEO of Marine Crew Services (MCS), effective 1 January 2016.

He also heads up sister company, Marine Bulk Carriers (MBC), following the decision to introduce a single management structure for both MBC and MCS while maintaining the organisations as two separate legal entities.

Daniel succeeds Deanna Collins and Jan Rabie who have been at the helm of MCS and MBC respectively since 2003 and who have made a significant contribution, along with co-founder Robert Knutzen, to the growth of the South African maritime industry.

Deanna and Jan – who retired at the end of December 2015 – will continue to serve on the board and Exco and will act as mentors and advisors to Daniel and his management team, Cindy Greyling (Finance) and Yvette De Klerk (Training, Crew Administration and Marketing).

Marine Crew Services aims to develop and support initiatives which will not only create employment opportunities for South African trained seafarers but increase the number of trainee seafarers, as well as the number of training berths made available to them.

To date, MCS has trained in excess of 880 officers, ratings and cadets and has assisted thousands of young South Africans to find employment within the maritime sector. MCS is the only private South African manning company with ISO 9001 accreditation and has trained a large number of sea-going, black female seafarers.


Daniel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in London and part of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) working group. He joined MBC nine years ago as a trainee after completing his S1 and S2 studies at the Durban University of Technology. He was appointed MBC’s General Manager: Offshore Operations in 2012 and a Director of MBC in 2014. He is currently doing a Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies at the University of Kwazulu Natal.


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