Chandigarh branch of The Nautical Institute, London opens

June 22, 2017 07:11 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Cdr. Sanjay Anchalwar - Deputy Director General of Shipping, India inaugurated The Nautical Institute, India-North West branch in Chandigarh today. The launch was attended by other prominent maritime industry leaders including Capt. Navin Passey, Chairman (FOSMA) & MD - Wallem Ship Management, Capt. Rajesh Tandon - Chairman - International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC - London) & MD - V. Ships, India and Capt. Sanjay Maini - Country Head, IRI Maritime and Corporate Services Pvt Ltd (Marshall Islands Registry).

The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) representing professionals both ashore and at sea with consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and has over 83 branches worldwide.

The institute recognises that the world is changing – more sensitivities, more regulations, more accountability, more technology, more trade, more ships, less water space and greater competition and it aims to promote best practice in all aspects of the control of ships, putting particular emphasis on new methods of transferring knowledge and demonstrating competence offering greater horizons of knowledge and guidance to its members.

The Chandigarh branch of the institute has the mandate to cover seafarers residing in six adjoining states namely, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand, J&K and Rajasthan. This branch will promote and coordinate the development of nautical excellence by facilitating the exchange and publication of information and ideas on nautical science, Co-operating with Government Departments and by promoting a high standard of qualification, competence and knowledge.

Capt. Rohit Bhatia, Vice-Chairman, Fellow of the Institute & MD-Wade Maritime, stated that this branch will work to provide a local professional focus, networking opportunities, technical and social meetings, seminars and professional development assistance. We will act as a platform to bind maritime professionals together and to share common goals, he said. Members will be able to stay up to date with various publications from the institute, enhance their knowledge through seminars and interaction with industry professionals, gain professional recognition with membership credentials and feel secure with the legal fees insurance provided by the institute.
Capt M. S. Kahlon, Chairman, stated that our aim is to represent seafarers' and practical maritime professionals' views at the highest level and ensure that professional opinion and advice is fed back to the industry’s decision making bodies.

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