Capt. Vinay Singh is Group Managing Director, Marine HR of Anglo-Eastern Univan Group, a leading global provider of independent ship management services, with 680 vessels under full technical management and another 250 under crew management. Integral to the two business divisions is Marine HR, which manages a diverse pool of more than 32,000 active seafarers from 40+ countries worldwide.
As head of the group’s Marine HR function, Vinay plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the business, as well as the strategic growth and direction of the group’s crew talent pool. Managing the everyday needs of the business and crew is a dedicated network of independently managed Marine HR offices in India, the Philippines, China, Ukraine, Latvia, and Glasgow that report to Vinay for strategic guidance and oversight.
His keen interest in establishing processes, leveraging technology, and driving continuous improvements through the incorporation of new ideas has led to a robust crewing function, supported by many novel initiatives, from a unique talent matrix programme and bespoke app-based crew communications to a comprehensive, holistic approach to crew engagement and wellbeing.
Before heading up Marine HR for the group in 2019, which saw him relocate from Mumbai to the head office in Hong Kong, Vinay was Managing Director of the crewing division in India. During his ten years in that role, he successfully led the strategic growth and development of the Indian crewing function to support the business as Anglo-Eastern’s managed fleet grew from 160 to 480 vessels.
At the same time, while based in Mumbai, Vinay played a prominent role in the Indian maritime industry, leading the Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) for 12 years, first as director and later chairman. He also served as trustee of the Seamen Provident Fund Office and NUSI ITF Trust, and was an active member of the National Welfare Board for Seafarers and National Maritime Board. Today, he holds a seat on the Hong Kong Marine Department’s Seafarers’ Advisory Board.
Vinay’s passion for crewing and crew welfare stem from his many years as a seafarer. A former master mariner, Vinay commenced his sea career with Anglo-Eastern in 1986, joining as a third officer and working his way up through the ranks. He attained his captaincy in 1995, after which he commanded primarily container ships before moving ashore into a quality assurance role with the group, before transitioning to crewing.