I started working in the bunker industry in 1998 when I joined Aegean Bunkering (Gibraltar) LTD, a subsidiary of Aegean Marine Petroleum Inc. when they first set up in Gibraltar.
Whilst at Aegean I actively participated in expansion projects, with the company going from having three bunker barges to having its own floating storage vessel and five bunker barges, the opening of a station in neighbouring Morocco, obtaining Aegean’s own Bunker Licence and Agency licence, and the coordination of supply operations both in Gibraltar as well as supply operations in other ports.
In early 2011 I joined the Gibraltar Port Authority as the Bunkering Superintendent. My role was to regulate the bunker industry specifically, and more generally all oil transfer operations carried out in Gibraltar. The main tool in achieving this is ensuring compliance at all times with the Bunkering Code of Practice, as well as ensuring that the code of practice reflects the best industry practices across the board through constant revisions and updates. In 2011 I was responsible for the launch and introduction of the STS Code of Practice, through which Gibraltar Port Authority ensures that all Ship-to-Ship Transfers are similarly regulated. In 2015 I was promoted to the role of Senior Port Officer (Operations Manager) and this role involves supervision of all port operations. I am currently acting as the Deputy Captain of the Port.