“I started work in this industry in 2003 as a telecom technician, servicing the radio navigation equipment in the Caspian Shipping Company – a government-owned entity in Baku, Azerbaijan. I later joined a private British company that was more focused on electrical works for offshore oil rigs.”
“When my friend and line manager left the company, we talked about starting our own business and taking things in a different direction. So that’s what we did in 2010, and presently we have 30+ people in our Baku team with 15 more based in Dubai.
“At MarinTel, we are dedicated to radio navigation and comms for everything from commercial vessels to navy and coastguard ships. Presently, Marintel running two operations divisions. The original focus was on maritime, radio navigation and telecoms, testing and certification of ship’s equipment. Recently we started to develop a team to concentrate on coastal systems, such as vessel traffic monitoring systems, offshore assets protection and the global maritime distress systems that each vessel within IMO conventions is equipped with.”
Short notice sign-up
“When my business partner, Leo, completed his CBS Blue MBA classes in 2019, I went along to his graduation and met some of the guys on the course. They all tried to convince me to join. I said that I would look through Leo’s materials and then maybe join in two years. ‘But why?’ – they exclaimed, ‘His materials will be out of date and not relevant to you – you’ll be losing two years of opportunity if you wait!’
“I didn’t understand why Leo thought I needed the knowledge too if he is already bringing it to the business. He told me to start, and I would understand. So, I committed to joining the CBS MBA in Shipping & Logistics at the concise notice in August 2019.”
Speaking the same language
“Soon, I realised that Leo was right.