“He saved my life and family. He has given me a new life. He rescued me. Capt. Sanjay Prashar is like God to me” These are the words of Mr. Harinder Singh, an A.B., who was sent by an illegal, Non-RPSL placement agency to a dead ship in Iran to live in inhuman conditions without salary.
Mr. Harinder is not the only seafarer to narrate us such a horrible experience. Mr. Satyendra Yadav too was sent to Iran on a dead ship where he worked for more than two years, not only Capt. Sanjay Prashar came to his rescue but also employed him in his company, V.R. Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd.
The Shipping Tribune has received many phone call, emails and WhatsApp messages from seafarers belonging to different states in India, telling their stories and how with the help of Capt. Sanjay Prashar they have come back to living a normal life. Capt. Sanjay Prashar has influenced lives of thousands of Seafarers and even their families.
Considering his commitment and unmatched contribution to the human rights for Indian Seafarers , The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce Capt. Sanjay Prashar as "The Shipping Tribune Person of The Year 2017"
Who is Capt. Sanjay Prashar?
Capt. Prashar is an Indian entrepreneur who has promoted technical ship management business in India and is the Founder of VR Maritime Services Pvt Ltd. He is best known for his active support to seafarers in need particularly those who have been cheated by the rough manning agents. Unlicensed Indian agents have sent over 1,000 seafarers to Iran are employed on 'dead ships' at Iranian ports and Capt. Prashar has been instrumental to bring the plight of these seafarers to light. The son of an Indian Air Force officer, he did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, joined Ship in 1990 and took Command of MOL ship in 2002. After working with various Management companies including a two years stint at HK, he started a Crew Management company in 2010.
Having sharp entrepreneurial skills, he has implemented a new style of Management which has found great acceptance with Ship Owners. Visiting ships as Crew Manager, getting into minutest details of Seafarers' attitude and career corrections, he has been leading from front data analysis of Indian Seafarers examination pattern and changes in their lifestyle vis a vis professional achievements.
He is also a member of Think Tank "Forum for Integrated National Security - FINS” as Maritime Security Study Group co-convener (India), thus participating in Government policy making. One of his astounding works has been “Shifting Longitude from 78deg East to 65 deg East – Piracy Zone”. His future goals is to stay truthful to Seafarers and Ship Owners.
Some of his outstanding contributions are :
On behalf of the shipping fraternity and Team Shipping Tribune we congratulate Capt. Sanjay Prashar and wish him a successful journey in the fight for human rights of Seafarers.
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