Capt. P. S. Barve, Extra Master, was born on the 26th of May 1933 and belongs to the 1948-50 batch of the Training Ship Dufferin. He sailed with the Scindia Steam Navigation Company from 1951 to 1960. Capt. Barve then joined the Directorate General of Shipping as a Nautical Surveyor in the year 1961; he rose to the highest post of Nautical Advisor to the Government of India after serving as Deputy Nautical Adviser and the Principal Officer of the Mercantile Marine Department. He superannuated in 1991.
His outstanding contributions to the Maritime Industry and Fraternity include :-
Promoting employment of surplus Indian officers on foreign flag ships;
Introduction of pragmatic measures to tide over the extreme shortage of officers on Indian flag ships;
Laying down procedures for discharge of cryogenic cargoes and LPG in India;
Review of navigation safety for ports and pilot boarding procedures for the Hooghly River;
Implementation of integrated pilotage for MBPT and JNPT;
Development and augmentation of training institutes and the implementation of the STCW Convention of 1978 in India.
Capt Barve served as First Secretary (Shipping) at the High Commission of India in London and represented India at all meetings of the International Maritime Organization from 1980 to 1985.
As Training and Quality Consultant with Essar Shipping Co. from 1992 to 1995, Capt Barve participated in the revision of the STCW Convention leading to STCW '95.
Subsequently, Capt. Barve developed a distance learning process for implementation of the Structured Ship Board Training Programme in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani and Tolani Maritime Institute. Presently he is a member of their Academic and Governing council and the Dean of the Institute.
Capt. Barve was a consultant to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Search & Rescue, GMDSS and the Environmental Protection and Technical Co-operation Programme. He also participated in consultancy missions in many countries. He was a consultant in association with KPMG for a study to set up the Maritime Authority of India. He took the lead in setting up the Board of Examination for Seafarers along with CMMI and IME and developed and implemented the examination system for ratings.
Capt. Barve is a fellow of the Company of Master Mariners and a member of the Institute of Marine Technologists.