“For me he was one of the few who I consider GURU in true sense says Capt Prabhat Nigam ” Tributes and condolences pour in for Mr. Devabrata Mitra, who died yesterday while he was returning to New Delhi from Dubai.
Mr. Mitra was a well-known personality in the maritime training industry and served as Maritime Trainer at Germanischer Lloyd Academy. He was considered an expert on Course development and Customization , Comprehensive Inspection Programs for The Indian Maritime Administration on behalf of DNV - GL as a Lead Inspector. He delivered courses in South East , Far East , Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent mainly on Maritime Regulations , Regulatory Applications , Engineering and Environment.
Many industry leaders have expressed shock over his untimely departure from this world. Mr. Mitra was born on 29th May 1954. Born in Kolkata, he did his graduation from Directorate of Marine Engineering & Training , Kolkata. He was also an ardent Theatre and light classical enthusiast in his younger days. He played Cricket and Tennis at fair level. An avid reader who also loved to cook.
Mr. Sanjiv Vakil, C.E.O., Hindustan Institute of Maritime Studies, pays respect to the legendry personality “ I consider Shri Mitra Sir as my mentor and elder brother who has always encouraged me to continue moving in the path of honesty . I have not come across such a helpful person in this industry , who is all set to only help fellow seafarers. No doubt he looks tough at the first instance, but if he finds the person sincere, he goes out of his way in helping him. Though he had been a tough inspector who carried out our CIP inspections, the remarkable thing which we observed in him is that he did not only point out deficiencies, but also gave a solution to address the same. I have seen him taking keen interest in helping every one- whether it was a cadet who was hunting for placement or a Seafarer looking for a shore job or an institute/Shipping company hunting for solutions or ideas for improvement. All the above favours were done by him without any expectation in return- The only expectation was BE TRUTHFUL TO YOUR PROFESSION AND WORK HARD TO REACH THE TOP . Today he has reached so high that we can only pray God for resting his soul in eternalpeace and give strength to all his near and dear ones the strength to bear this irreparable loss.”
Capt. M.M. Saggi, Director, Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping , too, was shocked to hear this news “ This untimely departure really hurts. As a community, we could get so much more from him, which we will be deprived now.”
May God rest his soul in peace. The maritime industry expresses deepest condolences to his family.
Source: Capt. Virendra N Mishra / TST Newsdesk
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