The BTA’s Secretary General makes a move for new challenges in the maritime industry. Saurabh Sachdeva will be leaving us at the end of May after two challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable, years as the Secretary General of the Association. The news on the appointment of his successor will soon be made by the Chamber of Shipping and the process is well underway. The Chairman thanked the Secretary on behalf of BTA by raising a toast at the Annual Dinner in Edinburgh and thanked him for his support, enthusiasm and energy to drive the tug industry issues forward. He said that Saurabh has worked relentlessly to deliver the new training scheme with the experts in the BTA and successfully resulted in the development of the new Training Record Books.
Saurabh thanked everyone for their valuable support and commented:
“I have learned a lot about the industry in such a short span and will undoubtedly miss the people I have worked with and built close relationships both professionally and personally. Looking forward, I feel the tug sector is in quite a healthy state with signs of recovery from the deepest recession I have known, with signs of slow growth in trade and increased ship visits. Most of the big issues are either currently being put through the legislative framework or have been proactively addressed to accord the tug sector needs. But, the work does not stop here and we have to continue to work hard to raise our profile and be noticed among the legislators and our key stakeholders to influence future decisions affecting our sector. However, a period of calm and letting the tugowners get on with the business would be something the industry will truly cherish. The good news is that I will continue to remain firmly in the maritime domain and, hopefully, try to keep abreast with the new developments in the tug sector. Actually, my new challenge is very much with regulatory compliance and policy development for a large ship owner. I guess, you can imagine that after being linked so closely with the people who matter and the people who make things matter for the tug industry, I will truly miss you all and the challenges that I encountered during my tenure. Thank you very much and all the best for the future”.