Capt H. Subramaniam, Guru Dronacharya of The Shipping Industry Is No More


We regret to inform our readers that Capt. H. Subramaniam, Ex. Principal L.B.S. CAMSAR is no more amongst us. As per the information available from his relatives and close friends, Capt. Subramaniam left for heavenly abodes at 0150 hr today on 29th June 2020.

Merchant Navy officers of the last four decades have been blessed with his teachings, he is often referred to as Guru Dronacharya of the shipping industry.

Capt. H. SUBRAMANIAM (F.R.Met.S.,  M.R.I.N.,  F.N.I.,  F.C.M.M.I.,  M.I.Mar.Tech.,  M.I.Met.S., Extra Master UK)

Few highlights of his career:

  1. Alumnus of The Lawrence School, Lovedale, one of the best schools in India.
  2. Began sea career in 1958 as a cadet on Training Ship Dufferin.
  3. Had about 10 years at sea including Command of merchant ships.
  4. Held an Extra Master Certificate granted by the UK in 1970.
  5. Over 40 years in Maritime training including 12 years in command of Training Ship Rajendra, Training Ship Chanakya, & Principal of the L.B.S. College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research, Mumbai, in succession.
  6. External Examiner of Masters & Mates from 1977.
  7. Was Chief Examiner of Extra Masters of India for two years
  8. Examiner, Mumbai University, for BSc (Nautical Science) & BSc (Nautical Technology) for over thirty years.
  9. Led the Indian delegation to International Maritime Organisation on two occasions.
  10. Was as an Assessor in a formal investigation into a collision at Mumbai Pilot Station by two foreign flag ships, wherein one sank in a few minutes with the loss of two lives.
  11. Retired from Government of India in 2002 after thirty-four years of glorious service.
  12. Thereafter, sailed in command of a merchant ship with the Shipping Corporation of India for six months to prove to himself that he practices what he preaches!
  13. Was General Manager Training, for over five years with Eurasia Ship Management (now called Bernard Schulte Ship Management) that managed over 100 merchant ships.
  14. Was Nautical Training Consultant with Executive Ship Management, Singapore, for two years during which time he wrote blended learning (audio-visual) lessons in four subjects for pre-sea cadets.
  15. Author of eight textbooks on a variety of subjects, on the operation of merchant ships.
  16. Master of the Company of Master Mariners of India for two years.
  17. Chairman of the Nautical Institute India (West) Branch for five years.
  18. Maritime Examinations Consultant with Marshall Islands Ship Registry for over seven years.
  19. Has been the recipient of over seven national level awards for his exemplary contribution to the maritime industry:
  • ‘Man of the year Award’ in 2001 by Sailor Today magazine for his ‘Conception and implementation of INDos (Indian National Database for Seafarers)’.
  • ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2002 by Marine World magazine.
  • Literary Distinction Award’ by Marex Bulletin in 2006.
  • Lifetime contribution to Maritime Training Award” by GlobalMet in 2007.
  • ‘Individual Innovation Award 2007’ by Sailor Today Magazine for the manner in which he conducted India’s first Maritime Quiz for Seafarers.
  • ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maritime Education & Training Award’ by the Govt. of India on National Maritime Day, 5th April 2013.
  • ‘Outstanding contribution & Yeoman Service to the Maritime Industry Award’ by FOSMA (Foreign Owners Representatives & Ship Managers Association) in 2014.
  • ‘Distinguished Academic Contribution' to Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping' in 2017.

Our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul Rest in Peace. He will always be remembered by shipping fraternity for his outstanding contribution to the shipping industry.

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