Address by the President Mr Dilip Mehrotra
On behalf of the Governing Council, it is my privilege to welcome you all to the 34th Annual General Meeting of our Institute of Marine Engineers (I). This annual meeting is an important event of the Institute as it is primarily meant to conduct the business for the consideration of the accounts, balance sheet, reports of the Council, appointments of Auditors and any other matter which the members may like to bring up during the meeting. I am thankful to you all for sparing your valuable time, and be with us this evening.
Ladies and Gentlemen before I embark to give the account of the happenings of the last year, it’s my duty as the President to present a consolidated summary of the important things that has happened during the term of the present GC.Last two years have been a challenging years, and at the same time satisfying and enjoyable period.
I would like to thank all our past Presidents, office bearers and members for laying down such a strong foundation for the IME, and building it into a premier institution mainly due to their hard work and participation and support to the administration and the industry at large.
During the 32nd AGM held on 26th September, 2015, I had shared my thoughts on the challenges facing the institute, and in particular how we aim to improve the delivery mechanism.
One of the issues was E Voting, and I am pleased to inform that in order to facilitate members out at seato participate in the election and also to reduce the paper work, e voting has beensuccessfully introduced. I would like to thank Mr Vijendra Jain, Vice President and his team, for completing the task in time, with CDSL. Out of 3890 eligible members, 597 members opted for e voting, that works out to be 15.3%. I hope that by the time we prepare ourselves for the election in 2019 all members will opt for e voting, and will do away with the ballot papers. I would request members opting for e voting not to give official mail ids, instead give their personnel email id.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the election of the new council and other office bearer are over and the names of the new GC will be announced shortly. I am thankful to Dr B.K. Saxena, and would like to put on record my appreciation, who inspite of his very busy schedule made several trips to HO, to ensure smooth conduct of the election. My thanks also to Mr M.B. Prasad and his team who participated in this work.
I would also like to put on record the hard work put in by Late Mr V.P Datar, for the initial preparation for the election. He had initiated the process of election including e- voting, which was carried forward by Dr B.K. Saxena.
Before I proceed further, I would like to congratulate Mr. M. V. Ramamurthy, our senior member who was conferred “Award of Excellence” for his meritorious services to the maritime industry on the occasion of National Maritime Day on 05th April, 2017.
I would also like to congratulate Cdr. (Dr.) Nitin Agarwalawinner of the H.S. Memorial award for the year 2016-17 for his paper on “ Inspecting ageing ships for corrosion” published in MER Nov., 2016. Also, for certificate of appreciation to Mr Ulhas S. Kalghatgi for his technical paper on “IGF Code Regime and LNG as Marine Fuel - Impact on Ships Design, published in MER May 2016”
During the last AGM, I had announcedthat we are considering honouring members for their contribution to the IME (I). I am pleased to inform that the GC approved the guidelines framed by the members of the Sub-Committee and I would like to congratulate the winners Mr C. Subramanium, Mr Achyut Tambwekar, and Late Shri R.L. Jain for their outstanding contribution to the marine fraternity.
The growth of any institution is related to the members and their participation in the activities. However there has been no significant increase in our membership. Due to our procedures some of the senior most Marine engineers are unable to become fellow members. We need to further deliberate on this issue.
Our focus should be to expand our membership growth and involvement of members in the institute activities. IME should also look at softer aspects such as nurturing enterprising young engineers, promoting the importance of safety, health and environmental consciousness among the marine engineering community.
Scholarships and financial support
The Institute continues to grant financial assistance to marine engineering students, Rs. 25000/- each given to 11 students during the 2016-17 financial year.
For promoting Research Activities under the agesis of IME(I), it was decided that the Institute, will sponsor research activities in the Marine Engineering by its members. A budget of Rs. 20 lakhs per year has been allocated for the same. This sponsorship is also available to the students. All Maritime Institutes have been informed, however during the last two years; the institute has not received any application. I personally took up the matter with the various training institute, but unfortunately so far there has been no takers.
Training and examination
As informed during the last AGM, MEO Class I preparatory course approval was granted by the Directorate General of Shipping, and the course is running satisfactory. I am informed that the passing percentage of the MEO Class 1 candidates who have undergone preparatory course at our IME is very encouraging. I would like to thank Mr Kar, Director ( Training), faculty, experts and visiting faculty for the same.
Goa Branch was approved for MEO Class II preparatory course, but due to non-availability of sufficient candidates, the course did not commence.
NCV candidates tab based examination is being conducted satisfactorily, and now detail proposal for conducting various F.G.(MEO) written examination on TAB, phased wise is submitted to D G Shipping for consideration. I would like to thank Mr Rajeev Nayyar and his team for timely implementation of the project, and his regular interaction with the Directorate on this subject.
Knowledge Sharing Sessions (Saturday Sessions)
My special thanks to Mr NMC Nair, Chairman of the Carrier Development Committee fortaking keen interest to start the technical sessions on 3rd Saturday of each month. So far, we had already conducted 11 sessions on different topics.
These sessions are beneficial to the industry, students and the faculty of the institutes. I am sure the new GC and office bearers will continue this activityand urge the maritime institutesto nominate their faculty, especially in and around Navi Mumbai, to enhance their knowledge and keep them updated with the latest developments.
A meeting of the World Maritime Technology Congress was held 15 March 2017, hosted by IMarEST at their London headquarters.The theme of the WMTC 18 is “Innovation,Intelligence, Transformation and Development”. We need to give wide publicity for submission of papers, encourage students to submit papers, and we need to identify members/experts for preliminary review of the paper and also for chairing the sessions.The 6th World Maritime Technology Conference will be held from 4thto 7thDecember 2018 at Shanghai, China.
I would like to compliment the Chairmen of different branches and Chapters for their continued work for the institute.
During the last AGM I had informed about the commencement of the construction of the 3rd floor. I am pleased to inform that we have been able to complete the construction work. I would have been happy,if we had presented you today the building fully completed , but due to some delay, the work will be completed by October, 2017. I would like to congratulate the Chairman Mr Sanjeev Ogale and his team and Mr Uday Purohit for the good progress made, and I am sure that the extension of the building will help the institute to grow further in achieving the Vision.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to the building fund. If you have not done so, I urge you to please contribute generously to the IME Building Fund.
Also, I would like to congratulate Shri Amit Bhatnagar for the excellent work he did during his tenure as Chairman of Vizag Branch. The branch office was inaugurated on 1st April, 2017.
Collaboration with the Maritime Administration
Apart from taking part as an external examiner in the orals, our members through their parent organization are contributing during the various meetings held at the Directorate either related to STCW, MEPC, amendment of the MS Act, etc.
IME representative in the Indian delegation to IMO Meetings
On my taking over, I had initiated with the Administration to include IME members in the IMO shadow Committees. Even though there was contribution by the IME members in the STCW and MEPC Committee, but we were never part of the Indian delegation. I am happy to inform that this year Mr Rajeev Nayyar, represented IMEI in the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watch keeping to present the Tab based examination at the IMO and Mr S.M. Rai in the Marine Environment Protection Committee as part of the Indian delegation. I hope that this will continue in future. We have been advertising in the MER for more young members to come forward, to take part in the shadow committee. It’s a good experience, and keeps one updated with the new requirements of the IMO. However, the response is not very encouraging, as only two members have come forward to volunteer themselves.
I on behalf of the institute would like to thank the Administration for giving us the opportunity and recognizing our potential to provide assistance in various areas.
Publication and IME Website
As you all are aware that the role of the Editor is very demanding, and the institute had appointed an advisor. Apart from designing, he was tasked with qualitative improvement in the MER and also to make the MER self-sustaining. Mr Sadanand did his best, and I am sure members have noticed the improvement in the MER. However, we were unable to bring down the expenses, due to not getting enough advertisement and also not many members opting for e copy. As such, we have discontinued with the services of the advisor and Mr Sunil Ahuja has been appointed as Journal Coordinator for MER wef July 2017 in place of Mr Sadanand Subramanian. I would like to thank Mr Chitta Dash and his editorial board, Mr S.M. Rai the editor, for timely publishing of the MER,and Mr B.S. Mathur for his student section, it’s not an easy task.
Currently FC at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Pune, Vizag and Goa are fully functional, all required approval from DGS are in place.
In conclusion, I would like to thank GC members, Chairmen of the various sub-committees, faculty and staff at the head office, branches and chapters for their guidance and support during the last one year. I would also like to thank Vice President and of course HGS, for ensuring that the IME (I) work goes on as scheduled, even when we are away from the head office.
I will not do justice, if I do not acknowledge Mr Sethkar’s hard work. I found him very dedicated and courteous to the candidates.
On behalf of the GC, I wish to convey my deep gratitude to all the members of the institute for your continued support and trust. This motivates us to excel in all our pursuits.
I would like to thank Kirti, Mrs Mehrotra who always stood with me, right from day one till today. I am sure without her support I would not have been able to complete the task, as she provided all the support and encouragement.
I would like to congratulate the new team and wish them all the best, to continue the good work.