2016-01-28 Daniel Ngubane New MCS and MBC CEO

Daniel Ngubane takes the helm at MBC and MCS


Daniel Ngubane has been appointed Group CEO of Marine Crew Services (MCS).  He will also head up sister company, Marine Bulk Carriers (MBC) following a decision to introduce a single management structure for both companies.


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. They will continue to serve on the board 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).


“It made business sense to bring the two businesses closer together in order to increase our competitiveness and reduce our cost base,” says Daniel.  “Consolidating has also given us the opportunity to streamline and develop a more comprehensive strategy for future growth and I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundation created by the previous management team.”


Part of the strategy includes developing and supporting initiatives aimed at creating employment opportunities for South African trained seafarers through MCS.   He believes there is great potential to grow SA’s participation in the global maritime economy by increasing the number of trainee seafarers, as well as the number of training berths made available to them.


Another focus area is growing the companies’ relationships with various government departments and participating actively in key matters relating to the local maritime industry and the development of the South African oceans economy.

Daniel is also looking forward to MBC taking delivery of two, 78m, 12 000 horsepower Anchor Handling Tug and Supply (AHTS) vessels within the first quarter of this year.

He 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, 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.


His appointment as Group CEO became effective January 1, 2016.



Picture of Daniel Ngubane and a second picture of the ‘management team’