Capt Subramaniam put the Indian seafarer on the world map

Captain Harry Subramaniam was personally responsible for putting the Indian seafarer on the world map and made Indian seafarers what they are today, according to his son.

Speaking exclusively to Ship Management International from Mumbai, Harihar Subramaniam said he was still coping with the ‘overwhelming messages of respect’ he has received from the industry praising the life of his father.

“Every message is unique and has its own personal flavour – no two people have the same story to share,” he said.

The shipmanagement industry has reacted with sadness to news of the death of Captain Harry Subramaniam, one of India’s most influential crew training mentors, from COVID-19.

Captain Subramaniam authored a series of eight books on seafaring and was latterly a Maritime Examinations Adviser at the Marshall Islands Ship Registry. He was part way through authoring a ninth book which will now be completed by his son in his memory. “He has set the platform for training in India. He was working on his ninth book and I have been left with the task to complete,” said Harihar.

Rajaish Bajpaee, past Chairman of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), worked with Harry during his time at Eurasia. Speaking to SMI, Mr Bajapee said: “I had the pleasure of working closely with Captain Subramaniam from 2004 to 2008, and will always remain grateful for his contribution in bringing Eurasia Centre of Advanced Learning (ECAL) to life. His dedication to maritime education and training was exemplary and will be remembered by those who had the good fortune to benefit from it.”