Our Team


David Jooste
David JoosteManaging Director Trade Ocean Group
David Jooste has been involved in the Shipping industry for over 25 years in various operational and management roles. He has intimate knowledge and understanding of clients’ needs in the sectors served by Trade Ocean serve, and adds valuable hands-on day-to-day operational and strategic management experience.
Bogdan KotchoubeiDirector Trade Ocean Namibia
Bogdan Kotchoubei has 25 years hands of experience in Ships’ agency and related operational areas, including a broad knowledge of the global logistics, shipping and fishing industry. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian which helps in creating a diverse client base.
Gunnar Engbers
Gunnar EngbersShips’ Agency Director Trade Ocean South Africa
Gunnar Engbers has been involved in the industry for more than 25 years. He has vast experience in various specialised areas of shipping, in both operational and management roles. Gunnar also has seagoing experience, which adds value to both Trade Oceans’ operations as well as the business of their clients.
Michelle KirovMarketing Director Trade Ocean Namibia
Michelle Kirov is the Marketing Director of Trade Ocean Namibia in Walvis Bay. She started her career with the Manica Group (Namibia) of Companies as a Freight Forwarder in the early nineties and moved on to Secil Sul Shipping in Cape Town in 1996. In 1998, she joined Unicorn Lines in Cape Town as a Sales Representative for Namibia before joining Wesbank Transport (Pty) Ltd.
Vanessa de Goede
Vanessa de GoedeFinancial Director Trade Ocean South Africa
Vanessa brings years of financial management experience to Trade Ocean in both shipping and other commercial sectors. Vanessa takes full responsibility for ensuring the maintenance of one of Trade Ocean’s most important strategic advantages: Adding value to their clients’ businesses through first class accounting and invoicing, in tune with the precise requirements of their clients.

Key Team Players

Vadim AmelinSenior Manager – Marine Operations
Andre Assam
Andre AssamClearing & Forwarding Branch Manager Cape Town
Rory Brickhill
Rory BrickhillClearing & Forwarding Operations Manager Cape Town
Neil Cowley
Niel CowleyBranch Manager Johannesburg
Paula Giusti
Paula GiustiMarketing Executive South Africa
Rayhaanah BeggShips' Agency Operations Co-ordinator Cape Town
Eddie Khumalo
Eddie KhumaloOperations Manager Johannesburg
Pedro Paulino
Pedro PaulinoBranch Manager Durban