Captain Rakesh Yadav, who has more than three decades of experience in the shipping industry and a wealth of knowledge of the region, has taken on the new key role.
He started his career with Great Eastern Shipping in India, worked for Northern Marine Management and Stena and in the Gulf, held senior management roles at Saudi Arabia's Bahri and CEO of Dubai's Emarat Maritime. His career ranges from running a shipping start-up to the management of large, diverse fleets.
Capt Rakesh founded his own consultancy business, SeaLogic Shipping, earlier this year and in his new development role with IOMSR, he will look to raise the registry's profile and start conversations with ship owners and operators across the region.
Seatrade Maritime News caught up with Capt Rakesh, who said of his appointment: "I am proud to take on this role - with a brand as big as IOMSR - and look forward to using my knowledge of the region to grow IOMSR's visibility.
"IOMSR has rightly built up a great reputation and is well respected for its ethos of doing the right thing and taking the lead in areas such as net zero, the environment and the welfare of seafarers.
"It's a great message and one that I'll be looking to share as we start conversations and look to further develop the flag's presence in the region."
He added: "As a Category One member of the Red Ensign group, IOMSR is also known for the speed of its technical support and its efficiency. It continues to develop and lead."
Toby Brooks, deputy director of IOMSR, added: "We are delighted to have appointed someone of the calibre of Captain Rakesh to this new role, which will play an important role for our organisation as we continue on our growth journey."
In an industry leading development, in April 2022 IOMSR became the first flag state in the world to reduce registration fees for ships deploying green technology.
The measure gives ship owners a 15 per cent reduction on their annual registration fee. The reduced fee is available to operators of cargo ships, commercial yachts or passenger ships which are investing in biofuel, alternative fuels, wind, or shore-side energy technology.
IOMSR became the first flag state to join the 'Getting to Zero Coalition' in 2020. It is a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum.
It also formally launched the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a flag state. 'Crew Matters' is the most advanced of its kind ever produced for seafarers. It is available to around 8,000 sailing under the Isle of Man flag.
IOMSR is one of the world's leading flag states and is ranked 18 in the world by Clarkson's with around 300 ships and 12.5m GT under its flag. The registry has held top spot on the Paris MoU Port State Control whitelist and is on the whitelist in the Tokyo MoU rankings.
The registry is headquartered in Douglas, Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency and is a Category One member of the Red Ensign group.
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