• Mr. Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi

    Mr. Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi
    Chief Executive Officer

    Tracing his roots to a family with a deep history in shipping and pearl diving, Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi has always been passionate about marine trade. Coupled with the right knowledge, skill and experience he gained from studying finance, Al Falahi has been the captain of the ship of Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) as its CEO since 2006. For over eight years, he has consistently and successfully steered GEM into becoming a well-established and leading independent commercial product tanker operator.

    Armed with a double degree in Finance and General Business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Al Falahi's financial acumen and excellent business sense was further enhanced from his eight-year stint with Etisalat, a UAE-based telecom giant, as he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Soon after, his business and financial skills proved extremely beneficial to GEM as he expertly guided its business to continued growth and profitability across the turbulent cycles of boom, crisis and slow recovery.

    With cautious optimism, his calm and calculated approach has enabled him to rise above various challenges, which has been evidently reflected on GEM's enviable resilience through the roughest seas of the global financial crisis and slow recovery of recent times.

    Having proven himself worthy of the title and responsibility as CEO of GEM, he vows to continuously and effectively steer its 19-vessel strong fleet and highly trained and professional on-shore and off-shore personnel to market leadership in terms of safety and service delivery excellence.

  • Mr. Rajeev Kumar Gupta
    Head of Fleet

    Rajeev Kumar Gupta is a Marine Engineer by profession and holds a First Class Engineer's Certificate of Competency.

    Rajeev started his seagoing career in 1983 as an engineer and sailed for 14 years on general cargo, bulk, container and tanker vessels, rising to the rank of Chief Engineer in 1991. He has held various positions with ownership and ship management companies in Singapore gaining wide exposure to technical operations, dockings, modifications, takeovers and deliveries. His last assignment was as Fleet Group Manager with Thome Ship Management.

    In 2007, he joined GEM as a Fleet Manager and has now been appointed as the Head of Fleet.

  • Captain Robert Buckham

    Captain Robert Buckham
    Head of MSEQ

    Captain Robert Buckham, A Master Mariner, commenced his seagoing career in 1975 as a cadet and gained experience on a variety of vessel types before sailing as Master on both large oil tankers and product tankers.

    He has held a number of shore positions since the year 2000 including Operations Fleet Superintendent, Fleet Manager and since joining GEM in March 2005 during the initial first year of the company as MSEQ Superintendent gained promotion in 2008 to Quality Compliance and Training Manager. He has since been appointed as Head of MSEQ.

  • Mr. Dereck Wate

    Mr. Dereck Wate
    Head of Finance

    Dereck Wate is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA from Delaware U.S.A), he has worked for 15 years in the Oil and Gas and Shipping Industries. Dereck joined GEM in 2004 as Finance Manager and in Aug 2007 was promoted as the Head of Finance. Dereck has held various positions including Business Analyst, Planning & Budgeting, and Sr. Accountant with high profile companies like Caltex (now Chevron-Texaco) and Emirates Petroleum Products Company (EPPCO). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

  • Capt. David Reynolds

    Capt. David Reynolds
    Head of Chartering

    David started his career at sea in the early 90’s serving various types of ships. He has 27 years industry experience, ashore since late 1998. Extensive Chartering experience since 2002 whilst working for Mexican ship owning company TMM and FR8 Shipbrokers Group. Joined GEM in March 2012 as Chartering Manager.

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