The Team

The Union Maritime team is a committed group of professionals from a broad range of backgrounds.

We value hard work, honesty and dedication, and have ensured that members of our commercial and operations teams have gained a broad range of experience from within the group, and are placed in areas best suited to their skills sets. This allows us to provide a more complete coverage to our clients.

For the build out of the Marine Operations and Technical teams we have put great effort in hiring the best people in the industry. We have identified the need for extensive maritime experience to our business, and have hired 6 Captains and 4 Chief engineers to provide stability and ensure we maintain the standards we set ourselves.

Laurent Cadji

Managing Director

Laurent Cadji founded Union Maritime in 2006 with the aim of building the leading oil product logistics platform in West Africa. Laurent started his career working for Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley where he worked in the Commodities unit trading oil.

Lewis Cadji


Lewis Cadji began his trading career in 1966 developing fertilizer exports from Israel and East Europe to East Africa and Nigeria. He notably setup and lead the fertilizer division for Marc Rich group. Today Lewis is the Chairman for Union Maritime Limited and leads the group’s bulk commodities arm.

Bhuvnesh Dogra

Head of Technical

Bhuvnesh Kumar Dogra joined Union Maritime in 2012 as Head of Technical and has over 23 years’ experience in the shipping industry. Before joining Union Maritime he worked at a number of leading ship management companies globally including Anglo Eastern, Wallem and Univan.

Davinder Seth

Head of Marine Operations

Davinder Seth joined Union Maritime in 2017 as Head of Marine Operations and has over 18 years sailing experience on Oil and Chemical Tankers including 4 years as Master.  Since 2007, Davinder has worked on shore in various roles with leading ship management companies and before joining Union Maritime, he was heading the Vetting and Operations team in V Ships Singapore.

Gaurav Chaturvedi

Senior Fleet Manager

Gaurav Chaturvedi joined Union Maritime in 2018 and brings with him 30 years of shipping industry experience. Prior to joining UML, he was engaged in ship management for over 15 years specialising in ship’s worldwide operations for vessels chartered to reputed Oil Majors and Tanker Pools.

Gina Bhatti

HR Manager

Gina Bhatti joined Union Maritime in 2018 and is responsible for HR and administration for the group on a global scale. Prior to this role, she worked in an IT company where she was responsible for HR and administration within the business and an advocate of women in technology.

Mandeep Singh

Head of Assurance

Capt. Mandeep Singh joined Union Maritime in 2017 as Head of Assurance for UML group businesses and has over 26 years of maritime experience. Mandeep spent 9 years with Shell Maritime & Shipping in London, where his last role was as Global Lead for Time Charter Assurance, managing 300 oil, gas & chemical tankers.

Michael Kotsapas

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Kotsapas joined Union Maritime in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with over 15 years experience in the shipping industry. Michael was previously a partner in the Shipping and Transport group at Moore Stephens in London.

Rony Valeny

Head of Marine Services

A chartered accountant by background, working across sectors, with over 10 years’ experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions with PwC, primarily for private equity clients, Rony also spent over 5 years as a CEO of businesses in the UK and abroad in ‘turnaround’ roles. He joined Union Maritime in 2018 as Head of the Marine Services division.

Tristan Frisell

Chief Operating Officer

Tristan Frisell joined Union Maritime in 2014 and established the legal, compliance and administrative functions within the company. Prior to joining Union Maritime Tristan graduated from the University of Exeter and was called to the bar.