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Julia Louppova

posted 30 Jan 2017, 07:19 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 13:40 ]

My name is Julia Louppova and I am a former PONL Russia team member,

I joined P&O Nedlloyd Moscow in November 1998 as an Administrative Assistant.  I was soon promoted to Import Customer Service and until the merger in 2005 I'd been in various customer related positions including Head of Customer Service in the newly opened PONL St. Petersburg office. 

As I was also in the Full Focus 4 team in 2004, accountable for the system roll out in the CIS and Baltics, after the takeover I became part of P&O Nedlloyd Sunsetting Project, responsible for closing down PONL systems in the Eastern Europe. 

In 2006 I moved to Maersk Line, Moscow but soon left for FESCO (Russian transportation group) where a new page in my maritime career began, in container terminals operations. 

Today I develop my own blog on ports and shipping news and analysis:
P&O Nedlloyd has become my life and business school, having supplied me with important guidelines on client relationship, team building and shipping. Our training courses in Hemingford Grey, Hamburg and Rotterdam are unforgettable.

Kind regards,

Nick Frost

posted 25 Oct 2015, 12:29 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Oct 2015, 11:48 ]

Many thanks to Roger Brown, Mick Gander and Adrian Malupa for identifying the actor, screenwriter and producer Nick Frost as a former colleague who worked in the Hainault office for a couple of years.  Nick had worked on the African trade for the shipping company Cowell Nicola and in 1990 he was recruited by P&O Containers to work on our African sales/bookings desk where he reported to Iain Brymer ('Bifta'). 

If the name is familiar but you can't quite place it then Nick's acting credits include the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and on TV the 2014 Dr Who Christmas special.  See:,204,203,200_.jpg


Billy Bragg

posted 30 Jan 2015, 12:19 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 30 Jan 2015, 12:19 ]

According to his biography ("Billy Bragg: Still suitable for miners" by Andrew Collins), the British singer-songwriter left school to work for Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) in London ("at the other end of the A13" so presumably the Barking containerbase office).  The book describes his job as involved the processing of insurance claims.  Billy left OCL after six months, but on the basis that he was 16-17 at the time we are presumably looking at his time as a former colleague as being around 1973-74.

Billy Bragg (full name Stephen William Bragg) started his music career in 1976 with his first album, Life's a riot with Spy Vs Spy, being released in 1983.  30+ studio, compilation and live albums have followed.  His awards have included the AIM Independent Music Awards’ Outstanding Contribution To Music prize in 2013.


Paul Soulsby

posted 12 Jan 2014, 11:41 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 12 Jan 2014, 11:41 ]
Former P&O Nedlloyd colleague Paul Soulsby has been appointed Senior Vice President Shared Services at Costa Crociere, also known as Costa Cruises.,   

From 1992 to 1995 Paul was European Finance Manager at P&O Containers B.V. and after the merger he was P&O Nedlloyd's West Mediterranean Financial Controller.

Bob Bransdon

posted 1 Oct 2013, 00:18 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 1 Oct 2013, 00:18 ]

I started at Joint Cargo, then to ACTA thru to P&O Containers/P&O Nedlloyd, all in the Sydney offices. 

I worked in State Commercial, HO DP, HO Trade, State Commercial again at JCS/ACTA, then State Commercial, ATLAS Project, HO & State Operations/MARs at P&O. Made redundant 2001, then worked as part time sports commentator, wine facilitator and bottle shop attendant. 

Now retired and living in Las Vegas, trying to play golf.

James Baldwin

posted 28 Sept 2013, 14:32 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 28 Sept 2013, 14:32 ]

Joined OCL in 1973 in the ICM division. Over the next twelve years worked in various management divisions in Barking and Beagle House. Left in 1985 to join Inchcape Shipping Services ending up as Regional Director for the Middle East in 1992. 

Appointed MD of Elder Dempster Nigeria in 1994 and then in 1999, Group MD of the Ocean group of Companies in West Africa. Led the MBO in 2007 to own the various companies and subsequently set up the Hull Blyth and Stellar Group which between them have a turnover of over £100m and a staff of 1000. 

Delegated most of the management to members of the family allowing myself to semi -retire in Kent..

Craig Bowen

posted 7 Sept 2013, 00:39 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 7 Sept 2013, 00:39 ]

"Since leaving P&ONL (it’ll be 10 years this October) I have been working at BHJ. It’s a Danish company that make food ingredients, I do the orders/exports.

"I have just received my 20 years service award from Acorns Hospice where I’m a volunteer. And I was recently 50 so had a great holiday touring Switzerland by train.
"I keep in touch with several people from the Birmingham office and we have a yearly reunion in the City Centre.

"Miss the old days still but it’s good to catch up with people."

Craig Bowen

Craig Bowen

Bill Wightman

posted 6 Sept 2013, 12:00 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 7 Sept 2013, 10:42 ]

William Wightman…known as Bill Wightman

"Joined OCL in 1973 in Coatbridge, Scotland, as a Movements Controller.  Stayed with the company, as it became P&OCL, P&O Containers, and finally P&O Nedlloyd.
Bill Wightman

"I served abroad, in Dar es Salaam in the East African Trade (Beacon Service) 1982 -1987.  Then went to India (based in Bombay) from 1987 until 1991.  Then back to our forwarding arm Adams Express (which became Oceanlink),  based in Ashford, Middlesex.  It was then off to Saudi Arabia in 1995…initially Dammam, and then Jeddah.
"I remained with Maersk, after the buy-out…based in Bahrain, until 2010, when I 'retired'.
"Today, I am with Hoegh Autoliners, based in Dubai, looking after the Farrell Lines service between USA and Middle East."

Peter Ongley

posted 4 Sept 2013, 12:00 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 4 Sept 2013, 12:01 ]

Peter Ongley has always been based in Leeds and his career in shipping included fulfilling the following roles:

Overseas Containers Ltd. 
  • Freight Clerk 1972 - 1976 
  • Senior Section Leader 1976 - 1977
  • Trade Leader 1977 - 1982
P&O Containers Ltd. 
  • Assistant Import Freight Manager - 1982 - 1984
  • Import Customer Services Manager 1984 – 1985
  • Depot Services Manager 1985 – 1989
  • Quality Assurance Manager 1989 to 1997
P&O Nedlloyd Global Logistics. 
  • Customer Service & Quality Manager - 1997 to 1999
  • Key Account Manager - P&O Nedlloyd Logistics - 1999 to 2001
P&O Nedlloyd Limited. 
  • Quality Manager UK - 2001 to 2006 

After taking early retirement in 2006, Peter took a year out and had a part time job as a library assistant from 2006 – 2007 with Leeds City Council then returned to work full becoming Group HSQE Manager with Prismo Road Markings Limited 2007-2010

In addition, Peter carried some work as an Independent Quality Consultant from 2006 to date with an orthotics manufacturing company and a previous employee.

Peter is now enjoying retirement, mainly with family and grandchildren, walking, cycling, holidays and basically enjoying life to the full, well as much as one can on a pension!

Tim Harris

posted 3 Apr 2013, 12:10 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 3 Apr 2013, 12:19 ]

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Former CEO of P&O Nedlloyd and P&O SNCo main board director Tim Harris joined James Fisher & Sons Plc in 2002 as chairman.  He retired from that position in July 2012.  An interview marking his retirement from James Fisher & Sons appears in the July 2012 edition of Pelican, the James Fisher staff magazine.

Tim Harris, non-executive director of NOL
Tim Harris' replacement as chairman of James Fisher & Sons was Charles Rice, also a former P&O SNCo main board director and Managing Director of the P&O Trans European Division.

Tim Harris is currently listed as a member of the board of directors of the global container line NOL (Neptune Orient Lines)

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