Capt Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime LLC, Dubai has devoted 47 years of his life to the Maritime Industry. The start of his distinguished career was as a Deck Cadet with India Steamship Co. in 1971 and he steadily ascended the ranks to become one of the youngest Masters’ in the Indian Merchant Shipping Fleet. After over eight years in command of general cargo ships, container vessels, panamax and capsize bulk carriers, he left the sea in 1988 to take up commercial challenges ashore with a firm in UK. As a lead up to a shore based assignment, he completed the final examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London in 1988 and came 3rd on the International Merit List.
A call from the Middle East brought him to Dubai in February 1990, when he was involved in the set up and commencement of the ship-owning division of the Sharaf Group. His experience, qualifications and hard work enabled him to quickly ascend the corporate ladder. Since 1997, he has been the Managing Director of Emarat Maritime Ltd.
Capt. Jitendra Misra is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London and is the Founding Chairman of the UAE Branch of the Institute, which was set up in 1995. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, London. After being the Honorary Corresponding Member for a number of years, he took the initiative to set up the UAE Section and was elected as the first Secretary General. In 2009 he was elected Director of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and in 2013, became a member of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee. In June 2015 he was elected Chairman of BIMCO’s Marine Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Capt. Misra was also instrumental in setting up of the UAE Ship Owners Association in 2005 – now renamed the UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) and served as its first Secretary General. He continues as a Board Member of the UAESA. In 2016 he was nominated by Royal Decree as member of the first Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Center.
His contributions to the Industry have been widely recognized by a number of organizations. In order to benefit from his rich experience, Class NK set up their Middle East Technical Committee with Capt. Misra as the Chairman, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping also elected him as a member of their Middle East Technical Committee and American Bureau of Shipping have elected him as a Member of the Society for a 5 year term. In 2009, SEATRADE awarded him with the “Outstanding Achievement Award” and the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) honoured him with the “Life Time Achievement Award” at the inaugural IBJ Bulk Awards ceremony, held in Amsterdam. In 2014, The Institute of Economic Studies, Delhi, awarded him with the Pravasi Bharti Shiromani Puraskar at the “International Global Meet” and he was also awarded with Asian Leadership Global Indian award by Stars of the Industry Group with CMO Asia, CHRO Asia and World CSR Day as strategic partners.
Despite a very hectic and challenging work, he remains, at heart, a seafarer and is always looking for innovations in ships and shipping. He has been instrumental and very deeply involved with a leading Japanese Shipbuilder in the design and development of the world’s first Ultra Super Handymax (ULTRAMAX) bulk carrier of 60,341 DWT. The vessel, m/v DUBAI SUN, delivered to Emarat Maritime in 2010, won two ‘Ship of the Year’ awards in that year. This has been a tremendous contribution to dry-bulk shipping, as the ULTRAMAX is now the design of choice for shipowners contracting geared dry bulk carrier newbuildings.
A keen sportsman, he enjoys playing golf whenever he gets the opportunity.