Linsen Nambi was created in 2012, however the inspiration for the company started in 1996. The owners, Thuso Mhlambi and Durand Naidoo grew up together and from a young age planned to open a company which would improve and de-racialise the lives of ordinary South Africans, to eventually become a globally recognised company.

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Linsen Nambi shipping services team

Making waves. Creating opportunities.


To become the leading African shipping company with a global presence.


Grow our African footprint to position ourselves globally.


  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Non-discrimination
  • Excellence
  • Well being of others & our environment


Managing Director

Durand Naidoo has over 10 years’ experience in the shipping industry across the African continent. His qualifications include a diploma in Marine Surveying from Lloyd’s of London, a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Maritime Economics, Durand is also a Professionally Qualified Shipbroker and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Financial Director

Thuso Mhlambi has over 10 years experience as an accountant. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Honours degree. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa (ABASA).

Commercial Director

Russell Burns has almost 30 years industry experience and was headhunted by Grindrod to start the business 12 years ago. He has a diploma with the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators. He is responsible for mentoring the new directors.

Financial Manager

Vanessa Naidoo has over 10 years’ experience within the industry. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree. Vanessa is responsible for overseeing the day to day financial activities within the organisation

HSSE Manager

Gavin Naidoo has over 20 years industry experience and has been with the company for 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, MBA and a multitude of Risk Management qualifications. He ensures that the crew’s SAMSA and IMO certification is maintained, as well as that their training and development is taking place efficiently. He ensures that the vessel is operated safely by a suitably manned, qualified crew, who are able to fulfil the customers commercial requirements.

Operations Manager

Daniel (Dian) Esterhuyse has 29 years industry experience, both at sea and ashore. He has worked at the company since it was established 10 years ago. He holds a Marine Engineering ticket, Master Port Operations ticket and a Business Management certificate. The overall responsibility for the vessels operations rests with him. The HSE Manager and Technical Manager report into him.

Technical Manager

After studying Mechanical Engineering in Durban, Duncan travelled overseas to work in the luxury mega yacht industry. He served on deck and in the engine rooms of some of the most exclusive luxury motor yachts for over fifteen years. Duncan has travelled extensively whilst managing very demanding maintenance schedules at the highest of international standards. He has overseen dry dockings and shipyard periods on almost every continent. When he returned to Durban to settle down and start a family, he found employment with the dynamic Subtech Group as their Marine Technical Superintendent. Duncan is now thrilled to be the new Technical Manager of Linsen Nambi Bunker Services and is looking forward to an exciting future ahead.


We are a 100% black youth owned-operated shipping company with highly skilled maritime professionals, strong customer relationships. Therefore we are well placed for strategic acquisitions and organic growth.