Silver Jubilee Of The Institute

The silver jubilee function of the Institute was organized on 26.11.05 at Y.B Chavan Auditorium, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Mr. Ravi Budhiraja, Chairman, Indian Port Association and Chairman, JNPT was the Chief Guest. The function was graced by Guests of Honour Mr. Peter Swift, Managing Director, Intertanko, London, Mr. G.S. Sahni, Director General of Shipping, Mr. M.P.Pinto, Former Secretary (Shipping), Government of India and Mr. Ajoy Chatterjee, Chief Surveyor, Government of India.

On arrival the Chief Guest was presented with a guard of Honour by the cadets of MERI. The function commenced with invocation by a group comprising of Mrs. Jharna Mitra, Mrs. Roychowdhary, Mrs. Chakrabarti, Mrs. & Mr. B.K. Biswas, Former Chief Surveyor, Govt. of India and Capt. Varadkar.

After the invocation ceremony Mr. S.M. Rai, Chairman, Mumbai Branch and Chairman Silver Jubilee Celebration Committee, extended a warm welcome to all the dignitaries, distinguished guests, past presidents, members of governing council, members of the Institute, members of the press and the young cadets. In his welcome address Mr. Rai drew the attention of the audience to the momentous occasion, bringing in a nostalgic feeling of glory, happiness and past memories. He conveyed apologies and regret that His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra Shri S.M. Krishna and Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra, Shri Prem Kumar could not make it to the function due to exigency of services and last minute changes. He welcomed Shri Budhiraja and conveyed his special gratitude to him for agreeing to be the chief guest and bless the Institute despite his busy schedule. Welcoming IME members, Mr. Rai recorded and appreciated the efforts made by the IME members, purely in an honorary capacity, towards its growth and bringing it to the position it enjoys in the marine community globally today. In his address he highlighted that the institute, founded in 1980, has come a long way since its inception, mainly due to devotion and hard work put in by its members. Nothing however would have been possible if it was not for the love and support received from the marine fraternity, its members and the generosity of the sponsors and advertisers. Acknowledging their support and cooperation Mr. Rai saluted them all on behalf of IME and sought their continued support in the future.

Dignitaries on the dais were presented with bouquets and were requested to light the traditional lamp symbolizing the inauguration of the proceedings. Mr. R.C. Bhavnani, President of the Institute, addressing the gathering, spelt out the premier qualities of a Marine Engineer and all that he does and is expected to do during his career. He deliberated on the role and function of the Institute, amplified on the commitment of IME (I) towards up-gradation of the marine engineers and towards the community at large. Welcoming the chief guest and other dignitaries, he extended his special welcome to Director General of Shipping, Mr.Sahni who despite his scheduled departure for the IMO Assembly Session in London, managed to be with us on this historic occasion.

An audio-video presentation was made giving in brief the IME (I) s journey of last 25 years. Presentation covered period from the inception of the Institute till date including the inauguration of IME house at Nerul, holding of several international conferences, INMARCOs at Mumbai, Symposiums at Chennai, Visakhapatnam & Cochin and at other branches of the Institute.

Guest of honour, Mr. Peter Swift in his address paid glowing tribute to the Institute and the role it is playing in India and at international level. He conveyed his deep appreciation and congratulated members for this long 25 years journey and the mark Indian engineers have made at high seas. He wished that in future the Institute and the Marine Engineers would play even bigger role and contribute at various other platforms internationally.

Mr. G.S. Sahni complemented Marine Engineers and other sister organizations for the support they are extending to the Maritime Administration. He announced that in future D.G. Shipping intends to allocate more responsibility to the IME and other sister organizations in regard to examination, certification and the training aspect of the Indian seafarers. He wished the Institute and its members a very bright future.

Mr. Pinto in his inimitable style related many anecdotes covering shipping and his experiences with the industry. He traversed the long journey of the Institute and remembered his association with IME (I) at most of the landmarks achieved by them during the last 25 years. Mr. Pinto wished the Institute to reach even greater heights and also to make a bigger mark internationally with conferences like INMARCOs and Symposiums. He was very happy to note that the Institute has won in a competitive bid, the honour to hold the World Maritime Technology Conference in early 2009 at Mumbai. He extended his complements to the Silver Jubilee Committee and the Institute for organizing the historic event.

To mark the occasion Chief Guest, Mr. Ravi Budhiraja released the Silver Jubilee Brochure, Guest of Honour, Mr. Peter Swift released Mumbai Annual Meet Brochure and Mr. Pinto released the address directory of Mumbai Branch. Chief Guest, Mr. Budhiraja thanked the Institute for inviting him on the occasion and paid glowing tribute to its members, past presidents and governing council who contributed so richly for the Institute to attain the high standing it enjoys in the marine sector. He noted with pleasure the contribution made by the Institute towards training and mentoring of young cadets.

He talked about Indian Maritime Policy and the role the Institute and its members can play in the growth of the country’s maritime sector. Talking about ports and infrastructure, which are close to his heart, he enlarged on the future plans of the Govt. including plans to open two major shipyards, one each on East Coast and one on West Coast of India, meeting international standards and requirements. He was very happy to note that the Institute is assisting Directorate General of Shipping in various Shipping activities including training, examination and the certification of officers and the ratings. He wished the Institute a bright future, many more years of important contribution to the industry and advised not to sit on the laurels and goals already achieved but to strive for even more higher & glorious heights.

Mr. P.S. Murty, Vice President of the Institute, presented a vote of thanks.

VIPs at the Y.B Chavan Auditorium


A warm welcome by Mr. R.C. Bhavnani, President IME(I)


Address By Mr. G.S.Sahni


A sincere thank you by Mr. P.S. Murti Vice President IME(I)


A section of the August Audience


Audience at the Auditorium