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Arun Sharma of IRClass receives Varuna Award

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), an international ship classification society, has announced that its Executive Chairman, Mr Arun Sharma, has received India’s most prestigious maritime award, the Varuna Award, at the 58th edition of National Maritime Day. The nomination for the award was done unanimously by various maritime industry bodies.

This highest maritime honour, instituted by the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central Committee), recognises and honours individuals for their sustained and outstanding contribution to the Indian maritime sector, as well as exhibiting strong leadership skills and decision-making that has inspired positive changes to the industry.

A marine engineer with a strong technical and commercial background, Mr Sharma currently leads the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass). He has held several top management positions with key shipping companies in his career spanning several decades. He was also the Chairman of Strategy Committee of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and head of Small Group on Quality Policy (SGQP).

Starting his career with The Shipping Corporation of India, he has held senior management positions with Varun Shipping, Great Eastern Shipping and India Steamships. He has served on the board of Indian National Shipowners’ Association and on the Asia Committees of leading classification societies.

During his tenure at IACS, he led the organisation’s rapid response to assist the industry during the pandemic. The first wave of mitigation measures, which included maintaining the validity of certificates and allowing the sharing of IACS members’ exclusive surveyors, were quickly implemented to allow ships to continue operations and, hence, facilitate trade, said a release. 


Source: Exim News Service: Mumbai, April 7


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