Kunle Olaiwola makes history as first Nigerian Master Mariner to bag Nautical Institute’s Fellow


Captain Kunle Olaiwola has made history as the first Master Mariner in Nigeria and one of the few in African continent to get to the highest level of
membership at the Nautical Institute.

Olaiwola, a Nautical Surveyor at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was selected as a fellowship of the Nautical Institute, United Kingdom at the institute’s December 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) conference in
London, a great achievement in the maritime horizon of the world.

The Nautical Institute has represented the best of what the shipping industry has to offer in terms of dedication of professionalism around the world.

The Nautical Institute is a Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Captain Kunle Olaiwola retired from the Nigerian Navy having served in the Service between January 1983 to April 1994. While in the Nigerian Navy, he attended the Basic and Seamanship Training College as well as the Navigation and Direction School.

A specialist in Radar Plotting and Electronic warfare, Captain Olaiwola also sailed on various warships, stone frigate (ashore base) as well as engaged on flag showing tour and peace keeping mission as a Naval officer.

He was decorated with several military medals for his meritorious service to Nigeria.

He also attended the Maritime Academy Of Nigeria Oron where he obtained National Diploma In Nautical Science; Singapore Polytechnic and Singapore Maritime Academy where he was trained in Advance Management, International Ship and Port Security, Automatic Radar Plotting and Maritime Study, Nautical Science, Navigation Control, Electronic Navigation System, Maritime
Safety System (GMDSS), Maritime Administration, Basic Survival At Sea, International Safety Business and Law, Ship Handling, Meteorology for Ocean/Sea, Global Maritime Distress and
Command Navigation.

Captain Kunle Olaiwola further obtained Class 3 (Deck Officer) Certificate of Competency at
Maritime Port Authority Singapore, Class 2 (Deck Officer) Certificate of Competency and Class 1 Master Mariner respectively at Maritime Port Authority Singapore.

Captain Kunle Olaiwola sailed on board various international ships such as General Cargo Ship, Crude/Product Oil Tankers, Anchor Handling Tug Boat Dp2, FPS0 and Container Ship.

He rose from ranks to take a command as a ship captain onboard ocean going and coastal ships during g his sailing days. Captain Kunle worked in various organisations in UAE, Singapore,
Malaysia, Nigeria, Angola and the UK.

He experienced sailing across Asia, Africa, Micronesia, South America, Baltic, Bay Bengaland Europe ocean/seas and ports.

Captain Kunle Olaiwola also attended Lloyds Maritime Academy London where he obtained certificate in Marine Pollution Management, port/ Flag State Surveyor Certificates and Nautical Examiner Certificate.

He obtained PGO in international Maritime Law and LLM in International Maritime Law at different
occasion at World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden.

He is currently a Nautical Surveyor at Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Captain Kunle Olaiwola is an alumni of Kofi Anna Peace Keeping Institute, Accra Ghana.

Captain Kunle who is married with children hails from Ilawe Ekiti, Ekiti State. He loves reading and research, likes playing football, table tennis and socializing.

Photo: Captain Kunle Olaiwola, Fellow of the Nautical Institute, United Kingdoms.

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