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Lalinda joined TMC in May, 2014 after 13 years at sea, during which time he served on a variety of vessel types. His seagoing career was with German ship owning company Egon Oldendorff from 1994 to 2007. Lalinda worked on General cargo ships, geared multipurpose ships, bulk carriers and container ships obtaining his Class 2/1 ticket in 2003 and Class 1 ticket in 2007. Most of his time as a Chief Officer was onboard busy General cargo/container liner trades between Australasia and East/West coasts of North America. Lalinda has a wealth of experience carrying a multitude of different cargoes.
In 2008 Lalinda came ashore to Met Office, Exeter where he worked as Port Meteorological Officer (Southampton) maintaining/promoting UK Met Office’s Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme being responsible for around 94 ships. The Port Meteorological Officer role presented Lalinda with the opportunity to visit and understand the plans and construction details of a wide variety of vessels including Military, Passenger, LNG, LPG, VLCC, Cape size bulkers, ULCV, Ro-Ro, Research, Offshore support, Ferries and coastal workboats.