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Capt. S.C. Sood

Belonging to the Training Ship Dufferin batch of 1953-54, Capt. S.C. Sood joined M/s Scindia Steam Navigation Company as a cadet in 1955 and later joined The Shipping Corporation of India where he rose to become a Captain in 1964.

From 1966-1974, he served as pilot with Bombay Port Trust and for the next 2 years as Master with Torvan Shipping, Hong Kong. The entrepreneurial qualities in him gave birth to IMS Ship Management Pvt Ltd in 1976. During the last 47 years, he has been spearheading a ship management business with services like manning, port operations, dredging and other infrastructure development activities.

IMS has assisted in placement of over 7000 Indian Officers and Crew for various shipping companies. In a joint venture with SHV Energy, a Dutch collaboration, he built up India’s first private LPG terminal of 8000 tons capacity in Porbunder, Gujarat. In addition to carrying out Grain Lighterage operations and operating Multimodal Transport business, his company has also carried out ship agency functions including loading and discharging of cargo.
He managed and operated JNPT port crafts from 1993 to 1997. The IMS Shipping Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company was set up by him in 1994, which is engaged in ship chartering business. He had undertaken dredging operations on the East and West coast of India from 2001 and presently owns 1 cutter suction dredge unit.

He published India’s first shipping Transport Newspaper “Indian Shipping and Transport News” in all major ports of India from 1980-2001. He is a founder member and has been a Chairman of Foreign Owner’s Representatives & Ship Managers Association (FOSMA) from 1991-93 and served as a Director as well.

Capt. S.C. Sood was a trustee of Maritime Floating Staff Welfare Trust. He was also a Chairman of Mumbai Port Welfare Committee of the National Shipping Welfare Board under the aegis of International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW). In appreciation of his sustained and outstanding contribution to the Indian Maritime Sector, the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central) Committee conferred the ‘VARUNA AWARD’ to him on 5th April 2011.

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