CHENNAI: MISC Bhd, the world’s leading shipping company, has anchored itself in this south Indian city to tap skilled maritime staff from India, presently the world’s largest seafarers supplying nation.
India supplies nearly 8% of seafarers for the world’s maritime industry with about 100,000 Indian nationals working on international merchant vessels.
“Currently, we have more than 8,000 sea-going professionals of whom about 25% are Indian nationals while the others consist of Malaysians, Filipinos and other nationalities,” said Capt Rajalingam Subramaniam, vice-president of Fleet Management Services of MISC in a statement.
On July 11, the shipping conglomerate opened its new office in India. Its other offices are in Mumbai and New Delhi.
“There is definitely a lot of scope for both new and experienced seafarers to grow and develop their profession in MISC,” added Rajalingam.
The Chennai office is operated by a three-way partnership between MISC, MISC Agencies India Pte Ltd and AET Shipmanagement (India) Pte Ltd.
The third office in Chennai was expected to bolster MISC’s liner business in India and also serve as a maritime staff recruitment centre, the statement said. — Bernama