The Mega Maritime event first of its kind to be organised in the country
was launched by Licorne a subsidiary company of Unicorn, leading steamer agents
of southern India, Essentially the project was the brain child of father son
duo Mr Arul Anthony Joseph and his son Arul Augustin Joseph both of them hold
key positions in the CHENSAA Chennai Ennore Port Steamer Agents Association,
father mentor of the Association while the son is in charge of Bulk Carriers
traffic in these Ports.
Among those who were conferred the Standing Ovation awards include Mr Amar
Singh Thakur of Maritime Union of India, Capt A K Bansal of IWL India Private
limted, Cap.Kamada Vivekanand of ADU University USA, Chief Engineer of
Visakhapatnam Port K R A Narasiah, Capt Pradeep Kant Gaur, President of
Krishnapatnam Port, K P Rajagopal, CEO of IL and FS, Capt Sanjay Prashhar, V R Maritime
Services Private Limited, Captain Sanjiv Dhir, Managing director, RawMet
resources, Capt.B.V.J.K Sharma, Joint Managing Director JSW Infra, Cap Suresh
Bhardwaj who runs the biggest Maritime Educational Institution MASSA and Chief
Engineer Varughese Mathew, Ship Repair firm, Choudhry Technical.
The first lady Captain Radhika Menon Chandra of the Shipping Corporation of
India was conferred the Pegasus Exemplary Sea Service award for rescuing seven
fishermen off the stormy seas of Odisha coast two years ago. She was the
captain of the SCI vessel Sampoorna Swaraj when she led the rescue operations
in the stormy seas.
Speaking on the occasion, she said the merchant navy officers who
contributed to the economic growth of the country deserve much better recognition
by the civil society. They remain unsung heroes of the country. She lauded the
efforts of the team of officers of her vessel which conducted the Rescue
Operations amidst inclement Weather condition.
The Author of the book Mind Over Water, a sea farer himself Captain Shoukat
Mukerjee of V Ships India pvt Limited was given the Writers award for depicting
conditions in the sea where they toiled all their entire life. The Award for
Social Service went to Mr Maneesh Pradhan of AESM (India) Private Limited.
Loud cheers from the crowd was reserved for Mr.Abdul Ghani Serang of the
National Union of Sea Farers for pioneering Counseling Service for both Sea
farers and their families who had to live separately all their life.
The other award winners in the Captains category include Capt Bimal Singha,
CMVPL, Singapore, Capt Devendra Kumar, Shipping Corporation of India, Capt
Neeraj Ramaprasad Saxena, CMVPL Singapore,
Cap Perumal Thanigaivel, AESM India Pvt Ltd, Cap. Pitchandi Sivathanu
Ramesh, Arch Shipping, Capt Reuben Chauhan, MSC Crewing Services Pvt ltd, Cap.
Robert Anil Tellis, Dockendale Ship Management, Capt Sameer Prakash and Capt
Sikander Mushtaq Ali both from AESM India Pvt ltd and Cap Suryanarayana Reddy
Matli, V Ships India Pvt Ltd
Chief Engineers : Mr R Dhanapal, V Ships India Pvt Ltd, Mr Ganni
Viswanadham, Dockendale Ship Management, Satender Kumar, AESM India Pvt ltd, Mr
Swathanthiran Saravanan, MSC Crewing Services pvt Ltd, Mr Vikas Yadhav, CMVPL
Singapore, Mr Vishnu Prasad Hegde, AESM India pvt ltd.
Chief Officers: Mr Aston Savio Almedia of AESM India pvt ltd, Mr Joel
Melvin Tauro, Dockendale ship management, Mr Martin Vaz Antony Vaz, Mr Navin
Peter both from AESM India pvt ltd, Mr Sargunasekar Ramkumar, Arch Shipping
Second Engineers: Mr Ajay Ramesh Kulkarni of Dockendale Ship Managment, Mr
Deepankar Tanwar,Mr Imran Vora and Mr Srinivas Korayya all from AESM India Pvt
The standards set by the jury in finalysing the award winners include their
exemplary performance in Search and Rescue Operations in high seas, Quick
loading and unloading operations from the ship particularly in inclement
weather conditions like icy winds, setting right black outs in the ship's
Engine rooms. Most important of the condition is that they should be recommended
by the employers.
The Standing Ovation awards were given to Officers who did the country
proud by their contribution to the maritime industry.
Sponsors of the event ensured that persons
from the Ship Manning Industry were included in the Jury which decided the
award winners, to avoid complaints of nepotism.