Senior Lecturer & HOD, Maritime Management Technology

Dr Donatus E. Onwuegbuchunam

Dr Donatus E. Onwuegbuchunam

Senior Lecturer

Head of Department, Maritime Management Technology,
School of Management Technology,
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Office No: NMA Building, RM 5 Upstairs


Seaports are nodal points in maritime transport and logistics chains. Efficient cargo flows cannot be achieved if bottlenecks exist at the nodal points. My research interest in this area is aimed at empirically investigating impediments to trades and trade flows. The end result is the development of frameworks for port management policy. Logistics has taken a centre stage in transport management. Effective goods flow entail much more than physical distribution. There is an aspect involving the management of information and supply chain partners. My research interests here border on assessment and application of management techniques in the optimization of ports and hinterland logistics. Seaborne trade and Maritime transport are inextricably linked. Growth in Maritime/transport activities can only be possible with increasing growth in import/export trade of countries. On the other hand, trade can be hampered by impediments to Maritime transport. Thus accurate prediction of trade growth or otherwise is necessary to assess the demand for Maritime transport. Research into factors affecting trade based on time series econometric analysis is of paramount importance.

Research Interest

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD., Maritime Management Technology, 2015
  • Certificate in Statistical Data Analysis, from Analyse-it, University of Leeds UK (2010)
  • M.Sc. Maritime Management Technology, 2005
  • B.Tech. (Second Class Honours Upper Division), Transport Management Technology (Maritime Option), 1996
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE), 1989
  • Federal Craft Certificate (FCC), 1988
  • WAEC Technical Certificate, 1987

Work Experience

Primary Teaching Area

Maritime Economics, Port Operations, Maritime Environmental Protection, Analysis of Transport Demand & Shipping Markets, International Trade & Shipping, Operations Research, and Econometrics.

Work Experience & Employment

Current Position

  • HOD, Maritime Management Technology (November 2017 to Date), FUTO

Other Experience

  • GOZAN FREIGHT (Nig.) Ltd, Port Harcourt(1998-2001)  Position: Operations Manager.
  • EDOLINE TRANSPORT Ltd, Benin-City  Position: Personal Assist. To the Transport Mgr. (N.Y.S.C), – (1996-1997)
  • NIGERIAN PORTS Plc. Apapa  –  (Apr-Oct, 1995)  Position: Industrial Attaché,
  • PANALPINA World Transport Nig. Ltd, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State – (1993-1994)  Position: Industrial Attaché,
  • BACHEMAS (Nig.) Agencies Ltd Port-Harcourt, Rivers State –  (1992-1993)  Position: Industrial Trainee

Soft Skills

Operating Systems: Windows, Linux

Script: Mata Language based on C++ for simulations


  • Advanced knowledge of:
    • SPSS, Stata, Minitab, R e-views, Oxmetrics: Large data sets, Time series, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM), Cross-Sectional and Panel Data Econometrics.
    • Lingo for Windows, Tora and General Algebraic Modelling Systems (GAMS): for Linear Programming applications. FlexSim and Pro model for Ports, Ship-Berth Link Simulation and Logistics Transport Systems.
  • Basic knowledge of:
    • SAS: for Econometric Analysis
    • Matlab: For Simulations

Academic Honors/Awards

  • Dean’s Award, Best graduating student, School of Management Technology (SMAT), FUTO, 1996.
  • Best Student’s Award (1990/1991-1995/1996 session); Department of Transport Mgt. Tech. SMAT, FUTO
  • Best Hardworking Staff Award, Department of Maritime Management Technology, FUTO. (2010)

Membership of Professional Societies

  • International Member, International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME);
  • Member Institute of Transport Administration (iOTA), Nigeria.
  • International Member International Association of Marine Shipping Professionals (I.A.M.S.P)
  • International Member Maritime Logistics Professional Society.
  • International Member Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)

Research Activities

  • Research Study for Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in 2014: Design of Academic Programmes for Establishment of Institute of Maritime Studies in Some Selected Nigerian Universities (2014).
  • Research Consultancy for Dolfmadi Associates Inc. (2016), Design of Methodology, Data Needs and Functionalities for Development of Transport Data Repository in FCT Abuja, Nigeria

Research Interests

  • SEAPORT MODELLING AND SIMULATION: Multivariate analysis and Simulation-based on deterministic and stochastic distributions.
  • SEA TRANSPORT/LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT: Application of Operations Research Techniques to Transport and Logistics Management
  • SEA TRANSPORT EXTERNALITIES: Modelling Marine Pollution in seaports and shipping operations

Selected Publications

  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E (2018), Port Governance, Devolution and Terminal Performance in Nigeria. International Journal of Logistics2(6), pp. 1-16. DOI:10.3390/logistics2010006; Switzerland
  • Omoke, V & Onwuegbuchunam, D.E (2018), Determinants of Inter-port Competition: A Case of Coastal Ports in West AfricaJournal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering 8(1): 43-53. DOI 10.17265/2159-5879/2018.01.001; USA
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E, Ogwude, I.C, Igboanusi, C.C (2017), Evaluating the Performance of Marine Insurance Firms in Nigeria: An Augmented SWOT AnalysisInternational Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering; DOI:11648/j.ijtte.20170205.11; USA
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E, Ebe, T.E, Okoroji, L.I and Essien, A.E (2017), Analysis of Ship-Source Marine Pollution in Nigeria SeaportsJournal of Marine Science and Engineering; 5, No.39, pp. 1-16, DOI: 10.3390/jmse5030039; Switzerland.
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E, Aponjolosun, M.O and Ajayi, S.O (2016), Assessment of Effects of the Implementation of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code on Port Operations (A Case Study of Tin Can Island Port Complex)European Journal of Business and Management, 8 (35): 20-30; United Kingdom (UK)
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E.; Ugwuanyim, G.U & Okeke, K.O. (2015), Addressing the Problem of Simultaneity in Cargo Shippers’ Port Utility Models: An Econometric Analysis. International Journal Statistical and Econometric Methods; Vol.4, No.4. Pp. 1-16; United Kingdom (UK)
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E., Nnadi, K.U & Ugwuanyim, G.U. (2015), Modelling Stability in the Demand for Sea Transport in Nigeria’s Freight Market: A Cointegration Analysis. International Journal of Mathematical Theory and Modelling5, No.10, Pp. 86-97; United Kingdom (UK)
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E., Akujuobi, A.B.C. (2013), SMEs Financing and Development in Nigeria’s Shipping Sector: A Case Study. Advances in Management and Applied Economics3, No.6, Pp.143-157; United Kingdom (UK)
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E. (2013), Port Selection Criteria by Shippers in Nigeria: A Discrete Choice Analysis. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics5, Nos.4/5: 532–550; DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2013.055288, Inderscience, United Kingdom
  • Onwuegbuchunam D.E. (2011), Gender Discrimination in Nigeria’s Maritime Industry; International Journal of Development DigestII, Pp. 15-27, USA
  • Ibe C.C, Ejem, E.A, Onwuegbuchunam D.E. (2007), Passengers’ Preference to Public Transport Companies: A Multinomial Choice Analysis. Ikogho Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 4, No. iv, Pp. 57-69. University of Port Harcourt
  • Onwuegbuchunam D.E, Ekwenna D.U, (2008), Analyzing the Determinants of Dry Port Selection Criteria by Shippers in Nigeria; Journal of Research in National Development6, No 1, Pp. 15-25. African Journals Online (AJOL)
  • Onwuegbuchunam D.E. (2004), Technical Changes in Maritime: Implications for Nigerian Ports; Seminar Paper presented To the Department of Transport Mgt. Technology, FUTO.
  • Onwuegbuchunam, D.E. (2002), Prospects and Problems of Integrated Transport Development in Nigeria, Seminar Paper presented to the Department of Transport Mgt. Technology, FUTO.

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