Nigel Draffin served at sea with Shell Tankers, coming ashore to Shell International Marine in New Building and Research departments; in 1986 he became the bunker buyer and performance manager.
In 1996, he joined Gibson Shipbrokers as Manager of the bunker department. In 2006 he moved to LQM Petroleum Services as Technical Manager. Since 2015, he has continued involvement with a range of shipping-related activities, including assistance with construction and operation of LNG carriers and oil tankers; and consultancy on technical shipping matters. He has arbitrated and given expert opinions and is a supporting member of LMAA.
He is a founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association; a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers; and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. He is the course director of the Petrospot range of bunkering courses and a frequent presenter at bunker conferences. He has written 12 books on Bunkering published by Petrospot.