Global Maritime Consultancy Group (GMCG), one of the world’s leading technical, legal and management consultancy services for the maritime industry has strengthened its maritime presence in India with two new regional appointments.

Vinod Vijayamohan has been announced as their new Country Manager in India along with Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth who becomes the new GMCG Business Development Manager working out of Mumbai.

Following a difficult 12 months for the global maritime industry due to the pandemic, GMCG has invested heavily in India and is building on more than 15 years of experience and client relations in the region. The Cochin and Mumbai offices have been selected to offer Indian ship owners and maritime stakeholders a direct link to the global maritime sector utilising the skills, knowledge and experience of Vinod Vijayamohan and Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth.

“This is very welcome news for those ship owners, shipyards and maritime stakeholders in India. We welcome Vinod as the new Country Manager for India and his technical experience will be of significant benefit for our clients in the difficult areas of registrations, newbuild clearances, surveys and regulatory processes. We have made the bold and progressive appointment of Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth to further strengthen GMCG’s offerings in India. He arrives with years of experience and knowledge of the difficult area of ship ownership, management of contracts, liaisons with shipyards and environmental regulations. These will be of immense importance to our existing and new clients.

Christos Michalopoulos, Managing Director of GMCG Greece and Head of the Marine Survey Department, believes the appointment of Vinod Vijayamohan will further strengthen GMCG’s ship registration and marine surveys services.

“We are delighted to welcome Vinod as the new Country Manager for India. His experience will be of significant benefit for our customers especially his experience in class and statutory-related surveys, working with and representing our owners is an important facet of our business. Vinod brings the knowledge and experience that ship owners are looking for to guide them through the many areas of new build clearances, surveys and regulatory processes.

In addition to Vinod’s business experience, he is a qualified naval architect with in-depth knowledge, experience and proven track record. Vinod will work with our customers to help them navigate these areas with confidence and safe in the knowledge they are in good hands. This really is an excellent appointment for GMCG.”

In joining GMCG in India, Vinod will be overseeing the start of the company’s 16th year operating in India and understands the significance of his appointment as Country Manager and will be a driving force in helping the global maritime sector as it recovers from the recent pandemic.
Rajendran, a graduate in naval architecture, will work closely with clients looking to develop their maritime operations and take advantage of GMCG’s global presence and unique services. He has more than 36 years’ experience in shipyard management operations, commercial contracts and related maritime knowledge. During his career in the region, Rajendran has managed the development of shipyards in Goa, Hazira and Chennai and has a deep understanding of the needs of ship owners and shipyards in one of the most exciting and developing maritime sectors.
Among the services Rajendran has extensive experience with are the acquisition and execution of contracts; risk review, analysis and mitigation for both ship owners and shipyards; environmental clearances, statutory approvals and certifications and interactions with governmental departments related to the maritime sector. His appointment signals a determined push by GMCG continues to provide clients in India with the highest levels of support and knowledge to develop their business operations.

Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth sees this as the perfect time to demonstrate the strength of GMCG in India. Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth brings with him a wealth of maritime knowledge and experience, particularly in newbuild operations. He joins GMCG after from L&T Shipbuilding.

Nakis Kassos, GMCG Group Director of Operations based in Cyprus, believes the appointment of both Vinod Vijayamohan and Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth will further strengthen GMCG’s owner representation and general survey operations, along with a new focus on business development for the benefit of ship owners in the Indian sub-continent. “This is very welcome news for those ship owners, shipyards and maritime stakeholders in India. We welcome Vinod as the new Country Manager for India and his technical experience which will be of significant benefit for our clients in the difficult areas of registrations, newbuild clearances, surveys and regulatory processes. And, we have made the bold and progressive appointment of Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth to further strengthen GMCG’s offerings in India.

These appointments are part of GMCG’s global strategy to connect our clients across the globe with the latest services designed to assist them in their everyday operations. GMCG has always been at the cutting edge of maritime services and we are not slowing down in our recruitment of the best people we can find to support our growing client base.”

GMCG India is part of a strong network of GMCG offices spanning 32 years of operation with a global footprint covering 14 countries/ territories including China, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Guyana, Middle East, Nigeria, Panama, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UAE, and the USA.

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Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth                            Vinod Vijayamohan

Rajendran Balakrishnan Urikouth - GMCG India Vinod Vijayamohan GMCG India