Singapore’s youngest Indian marine pilot
4/1/2015 11:32:05 AM
|written By : Staff Reporter|
In Singapore, as in most parts of the developing and developed world, Indians are as synonymous with the IT industry as they are with the banking industry. But probably less well-known is the fact that Indians also make up a fairly large and fast growing part of Singapore’s maritime sector.
While there are no figures available for the number of Indians working in the shipping industry here, according to India’s Directorate General of Shipping, some 75 per cent of Indian seafarers are employed with foreign-flagged vessels. Given Singapore’s position as the busiest port in the world in terms of shipping tonnage handled, it stands to reason that a significant number of Indians are employed in the trade here.
Among them is a young Indian national – Karan Mittra - who is the youngest Indian marine pilot working in the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). The 27-year-old merchant navy professional got his licence a week before this article went to print, around the same time that he got married to his Russian girlfriend Irina - a former world champion in Wushu, who is also fluent in Mandarin.
Karan who went to boarding school at the prestigious Lawrence School, Lovedale in Ooty, India came to Singapore last year. India Se caught up with him for a tete-a-tete. Here are some excerpts: