Mr Rajiv Jalota, Chairman, Mumbai Port Authority (MbPA) and Indian Ports Association (IPA), has assumed additional charge as the Director General of Shipping in the Directorate General of Shipping, based in Mumbai.
He succeeds Mr Amitabh Kumar.
He has been Chairman of Mumbai Port since November 2020.
The Directorate General of Shipping deals with implementation of shipping policy and legislation so as to ensure the safety of life and ships at sea, prevention of marine pollution, promotion of maritime education and training in coordination with the International Maritime Organization, regulation of employment and welfare of seamen, development of coastal shipping, augmentation of shipping tonnage, examination and certification of Merchant Navy Officers, and supervision and control of the allied offices under its administrative jurisdiction.
Among its latest decisions was withdrawing trading licenses for oil tankers and bulk carriers that are more than 25 years old. Also banned was the acquisition of vessels that are more than 20 years old.