Tell us about your career before joining The Shipping Tribune as a CEO.
My career in Merchant Navy started in January 1989 as Trainee Nautical Officer. Till 2007 I sailed on merchant ships in various capacities, out of which I sailed as Master (Captain) for 6 years. In 2007, I began my career ashore as I joined Essar Shipping as the Deputy General Manager. In 2010, I joined International Bunkering Middle East as the General Manager, and within eight months, I was promoted and made the Country Head- India Division.
We would like to know about The Shipping Tribune’s inception.
For a long time, since I was a Third Officer, it was my dream to one day start a Maritime Media company that would provide a much-needed bridge between all the crucial players in the maritime world. The Shipping Tribune was launched in 2012 with a vision of creating a global networking platform for the Maritime fraternity and providing news and information specifically catered for them.
In 2014, we also began holding Maritime Summits tri-annually to cater to different sections of the Shipping Industry. Our aim with this was to enable important discussions within the industry, with inputs from industry leaders across the globe. We have successfully accomplished this for the past eight years.
How does The Shipping Tribune stand out in the shipping industry?
Apart from providing essential news and information, The Shipping Tribune conducts ‘World This Week’ and ‘In Conversation’ where we interview prominent industry stakeholders to bring on noteworthy ideas, discussions, and opinions. It is published on our website and The Shipping Tribune YouTube channel. ‘Maritime Employment News’ is another video segment we produce where we regularly list the latest important job vacancies in the maritime industry, in a video format. We are the first and only news portal in this sector to publish a series like Maritime Employment News.
Our Maritime Summits also facilitate industry leaders to network extensively and share new business ideas and opportunities.
Shipping & Maritime industry suffered a lot during the initial days of covid19 pandemic. What strategies did you apply to stay afloat?
Our Maritime Summits were originally held in person. However, they are now held online due to the pandemic. We increased our interactions with industry stakeholders on all our online platforms. At The Shipping Tribune, we prioritize the safety of our participants and staff above all else and will continue in an online format until it is deemed safe to conduct in-person summits again.
‘Maritime Employment News’ was conceptualized and launched during the pandemic to provide an important link between employers and industry professionals looking for the most suitable vacancies.
Tell us about the company’s current market presence and how are you planning to expand your network?
We have a strong market presence with an extensive reach in India and in all the major maritime hubs of the world. Our news portal is visited by maritime professionals from more than 100 countries. As far as our Maritime conferences are concerned, they are being attended by business leaders from Far East Asia, the Middle East, India and Europe.
What kind of shift have you noticed in the Indian shipping industry?
I have observed a big change in the industry in the last five to six years. There is a lot more support as far as the government is concerned. Particularly in the port sector, connectivity, roads and infrastructure leading to the ports and within the ports as well. Port efficiency has increased. There are also more entrepreneurs and MSMEs coming up in the shipping industry as well as more people involved in supplying the right talent and manpower to the world.
|Year of Founding:||2012|
|Founding Members:||Capt. Virendra Nath Mishra|
|Office Locations:||CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai|