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Founding Chairman

Capt. Jitendra Misra, FICS

Chairman - 2020 -2022

Capt Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime LLC, Dubai has devoted 48 years of his life to the Maritime Industry. Starting his career as a Deck Cadet, he steadily ascended the ranks to become one of the youngest Masters’ in the Indian Merchant Shipping Fleet. After over eight years in command, he left the sea in 1988 to take up commercial challenges ashore with a firm in the UK. He completed the final examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London in 1988 and came 3rd on the International Merit List.


He was instrumental in setting up the ship owning division of the Sharaf Group and is the Managing Director of Emarat Maritime Ltd. since 1997.

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, and was its 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 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai as a member of the first Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Center by Royal Decree. This nomination was renewed in 2019.


Capt. Misra is in the Middle East Technical Committee of Class NK and Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping. He has won many awards and accolades: Seatrade - Outstanding Achievement Award; International Bulk Journal (IBJ) - Life Time Achievement Award; Marine Biz TV - Lifetime Achievement Award; Institute of Economic Studies, Delhi – “Pravasi Bharti Shiromani Puraskar” at the International Global Meet; Stars of the Industry Group with CMO Asia, CHRO Asia and World CSR Day - Asian Leadership Global Indian Award; Indywood Excellence - Life Time Achievement for Maritime Sector; Lloyd’s List South Asia Middle East and Africa - Outstanding Achievement Award


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.

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