The Mumbai office of International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) hosted its 5th Annual Nautical Inspector Seminar in late May 2022. Nautical inspectors from across India, and neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka attended the seminar, which was capped off with a large industry dinner attended by senior management of several shipping companies.
IRI’s Captain Sanjay Maini, Country Head – India opened the seminar, which included Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry updates and technical presentations from: John Ramage, Chief Operating Officer, IRI London; R. Vinod Kumar, Fleet Operations Manager, IRI Mumbai; Ragini Patil, Seafarers’ Documentation Deputy Manager, IRI Mumbai; Hans Krijger, General Manager, IRI Roosendaal. Brian Poskaitis, Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations, IRI Baltimore / Annapolis, joined by Davis Kong, Fleet Operations Manager, IRI Fort Lauderdale and James Maupin, Deputy Fleet Operations Manager, IRI Houston, presented virtually. Several guest speakers presented at the seminar including Ajith Kumar Sukumaran, Chief Surveyor-cum-Addl. DG, DG Shipping, GOI and P. Gopinandan, E&SS cum Deputy Director General – Technical, DG Shipping, GOI who presented an update on the Indian Maritime Administration’s perspective on port State control (PSC), while Vijay Arora, Managing Director, IRClass and K Sahu, Head – Technical, IRClass presented on safety in the face of COVID-19.
The seminar provided inspectors with an opportunity to receive updates on the RMI fleet, International Safety Management Code requirements, and other regulatory updates, as well as to discuss PSC and fleet management in the post-COVID-19 environment. The seminar also featured a role play skill building exercise.