About us


A-Cubed Consulting is a South African based practice committed to delivering expert opinion and services to our clients.

The practice was established in 2002 and focusses on the sub-Saharan region.

The core competencies of the organisation were founded on the backbone of lengthy careers of partners in shipping, landside and maritime logistics, risk, maritime and trade law.

In 2016, the practice launched a further division, a3 marine & survey, focussed on delivering professional and independent services in respect of marine and cargo surveying and the geospatial surveying and auditing of mineral stockpiles.

A-Cubed differentiate themselves from others with their team of seasoned, consummate professionals. The level and breadth of qualifications and experience in the field and at the coal face, reflects this. This provides a compelling proposition when coupled with the knowledge and experience of partnerships with leading brand technology partners, to take

the blueprint of a logistics platform to an execution phase, providing tangible, designed solutions that work. The marine and survey services are a logical extension of this.

Consulting assignments are professionally co-ordinated and internally project-managed bringing the appropriate resources and expertise to bear.

It’s a proven formula which provides a leading edge to discerning clients in some unforgiving terrain and remote sites on the African continent, and has enabled A-Cubed to deliver on tight project deadlines.

In a strategic bid to provide clients with ‘source to sea’, engineered logistics solutions, A-Cubed entered into a joint venture with the JSE-listed materials handling specialists, ELB Engineering, in 2008.

Partners’ Professional Affiliations

Our Services

A-Cubed Consulting’s internal resource skills set comprises of:

  •  Port and terminal management

  • Road, rail and maritime transport

  • Feasibility studies in transport logistics

  • Due diligence on ports and terminals

  • Cost modelling in the supply chain

  • Ship chartering

  • Fleet modelling

  • Transport logistics analysis

  • Supply chain materials handling

  • Stockpile surveying

  • Marine surveying

  • Geospatial volumetric surveys

  • Real-time, managed, volumetric scanner systems

  • Dry bulk stock audits

  • Third party inspections at coastal and inland terminals

  • Corporate governance consulting and training

  • Ethics consulting and training

  • Enterprise risk management consulting and training

Our Team

Bob King

Bob is a seasoned veteran in logistics, having consulted since 1997 on the back of 22 years’ of service in landside logistics and line management for major shipping lines, trading companies and warehousemen.

Bob has undertaken port and logistics consulting studies of a varied nature throughout sub-Saharan Africa and leads the team in respect of port and transport logistics assignments.

As a qualified and practicing Chartered Shipbroker, Bob also adds additional value for clients on assignments of a maritime nature.


  • M. Comm (Maritime)
  • M.I.C.S., P.Q.E., Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London
  • Business Management Development Programme
  • Past Education Officer of the Institute of Shipbrokers, South Africa Branch
Andrew Pike

Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and over 28 years’ experience covering every aspect of maritime, international trade and logistics work. He is a partner in the Shipping & Logistics practice area of the law firm Bowmans, and heads their Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors team.

As a past President of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa and past Board Member of the Ports Regulator of South Africa, Andrew lends his specialised skill and knowledge in the areas of Ports regulation, Port and Terminal consulting, Enterprise Risk Management training, Corporate Governance, Strategic planning and change management facilitations.

He conducts various training courses and lectures on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Andrew was named South African Risk Manager of the Year in 2002, has national colours for rowing and is a Comrades Marathon silver medallist. He is the author of two books – “People Risks: a people-based strategy for business success” and “The Talking Stick: exploring Life’s possibilities”, and numerous other publications.


  • B.A., Law major
  • Founding member of the Ethics Institute of South Africa
  • Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, South Africa
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • LLB, Law major
  • Past-President, Maritime Law Association of South Africa
  • Past-Board Member, Ports Regulator of South Africa
Paul Summerford
General Manager – a³ Marine & Survey

Paul is a seasoned veteran in the marine and logistics industries having started his career in the early ‘70s, gaining valuable hands-on experience at the ‘coal-face’ within the marine sector of the Freight Services and Rennies Group.

In the discipline of marine surveying and stockpile audits, Paul has held senior operational and managerial responsibilities for Independent Marine & Cargo Surveyors, Peterson Bulk Logistics and CESI Cargo Services.

Paul is regarded as a pioneer in the development and use of geospatial inventory survey technology in the management of bulk inventory at mines, ports, warehouses and terminal facilities across Africa. This is a passion of his and he is a sought after speaker on the discipline at industry conferences and think tanks, such as the Mining Indaba.

Paul proudly represents South Africa on the Board of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), London.