Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for over 48 years and with the commercial bunker market for over 28 years. He joined Shell Tankers in 1966 and progressed through the ranks, serving on all classes of vessel including very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers.
He came ashore in 1979 to join the newbuilding department of Shell International Marine. After two years of new construction, he transferred to Shell’s Research & Development unit, specialising in control systems, fuel combustion and safety systems.
In 1986, Nigel moved to the commercial department, responsible for all of the fuel purchase for the Shell fleet, the operation of the risk management policy and the speed / performance of the owned fleet. In March 1996, he joined E.A.Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd in the bunker department. In 2006, this department merged with US-based broking house LQM Petroleum Services, where Nigel is currently Senior Broker and Technical Manager.
Nigel is a founder member IBIA serving on its council of management and boar. He was Chairman in 2012. He has worked on Safety, Education and Alternative fuels groups and is the author of IBIA’s Basic Bunker course. He has written and delivered a number of training courses for Petrospot and for IBIA He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.
Nigel is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrator Association (LMAA) and lectures frequently on Bunkering and Shipping issues.
Nigel has written seven books on bunkering and one on the shipping industry, all published by Petrospot Limited.