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IMO AWARD

Many years ago now when one sailed in Andrew Weirs Bankline ships we had Indian crews.  At that time we had some Sikh engineers but no deck officers or even deck apprentices.  Later Indian shipping companies were formed and maritime schools organized to train crews for the Indian Merchant Navy.  It seems the programme has been quite a success as nowadays there are many Indian Masters of vessels including the first Indian women Master.  Captain Radhika Menon has recently been awarded the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her rescue of fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in severe weather.  The incident occurred off Gopalpur, India in 25 foot seas, winds of 60 knots and torrential rain.

Captain Menon has had an interesting career beginning as a Radio Officer then becoming a Deck Officer and rising through the ranks to an appointment as Master.  Coming from a country that has traditions and lifestyle not always easy for women it is particularly encouraging to see this Master selected for the IMO Award recognizing her fine seamanship and courageous act.

NAUTICAL LOG offers congratulations, well done and

Good Watch.

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