IAS officer, Shyam Jagannathan, named new Director General of Shipping

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Shyam Jagannathan, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Assam Meghalaya cadre has become the new Director General of Shipping, the nation’s maritime administration. The announcement was made on the 11th of June by the Department of Personnel and Training. Currently, Jagannathan is the Development Commissioner, Santa Cruz Exclusive Export Processing Zone, Special Economic Zone, Mumbai, attached to the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Jagannathan’s new role involves navigating the Indian government’s plan to rewrite the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. In addition, he will play a crucial role in taking up India’s interests at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) concerning issues such as reducing shipping emissions to deal with climate change goals.

Jagannathan will be replacing Rajiv Jalota, who is currently Chairman of the Mumbai Port Authority. Jalota had been officiating as D G Shipping after the previous incumbent demitted office in February. Jagannathan’s Central deputation, typically a five-year term, commenced on 31 May 2021, and his tenure as DG Shipping will last three years. We can expect Jagannathan will have considerable influence in ensuring that the nation stays true to its maritime commitments, marks progress in the shipping industry and addresses global affairs concerning maritime.

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