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MANSA honours veteran shippy with R.S.Cooper Life Time Achievement Award

Veteran shippy, Vaishnav Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, Seaworld Shipping & Logistics Private Ltd was felicitated with the R. S. Cooper Life Time Achievement Award at the 39th annual general meeting of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association earlier this month. Born in 1944, Mr Puri, a veteran with almost five decades in the field of liner/tramp shipping in India has been associated with several companies and industry association and institutions including the President of MANSA from 1994-96.

 Expressing his gratitude in his response for the award recognition, Mr Puri recapitulated various milestones in his life right from the start of his career in Kolkata and described how in the past he was the pioneer in representing the Lines like Maersk and other major world players of the shipping industry in Mumbai. He further added that how subsequently the Lines started their own offices in Mumbai and the present status of the Ship Agents. He therefore advised the Ship Agents to look forward for spreading their activities for diversifying the business for best possible survival.

 The annual awards event also honored Mr Dinesh Lal, The Past Presidents' Award for Exemplary Contribution to Shipping & Logistics” for his contribution in his various capacities during the spread of his career for over four decades.

 The annual award event also feted several professionals from member companies for their outstanding performance in their respective categories. These include Sandesh Patankar from Zim Integrated, Domnic Correa from JM Baxi & Co, Sunil Joshi from NYK Line India, Reshmi Prabhu from Wilhelmsen Maritime, Chaitali Dharod from Maxicon Shipping Agencies, Raju Subramaniam from Sai Shipping and Monica Damania from Continental Carriers.

 Ms. Sanjam Sahi Gupta, WISTA President was also presented with an award on her appointment as a Member of the Executive Board of the World Maritime University – IMO Wing. Speaking on the award recognition ceremony, MANSA President, Captain Vivek Anand said, “The Award Ceremony has been introduced to identify and recognize the unsung heroes who mostly work in the background of the shipping fraternity among MANSA Ship Agent Members and those personalities who transcended normal routine working tirelessly to contribute for betterment of the shipping industry.”


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