ORIGIN OF MANSA
original name of Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association –
(MANSA) – was Bombay Steamer Agents Association (BSAA). In 1977, the
first halting steps were taken by some farsighted persons in the
profession to organize themselves into an association. Conditions in the
port of Mumbai (then Bombay) were never easy. Ship owners and their
“spouses”, the ship agents, faced a host of problems and the ship agents
who were in the front line faced their impact. A monopolistic and
uncaring port organization made the ship agents get involved in
performing functions and solve problems which, in a well-run port, would
either not arise or would be taken care of by the port administration.
It was against this background that the founding fathers of MANSA
decided to come together to address problems, seek solutions and
influence the authorities from a common platform. The persons who took
this initiative were M/s. Late Damodar M Parekh, Late Syed Dadeek Jalali,
N.M. Mehta, R.S. Cooper, D.S.Kumana and P.J. Dalal. It was their hope
that in unity, members of the profession would acquire strength, dignity
and fellow feeling and stop being treated as a doormat with ‘welcome’
written on it. It can be recorded with pride that this aspiration has
been eminently realized.
Before 1977, the interests of ship-agents were looked after by a group
called “The Committee of Shipping Interests in the Overseas Trade”,
consisting of ship owners and ship-agents. This committee slowly
disintegrated and then became defunct. Subsequently, the Shipping
Sub-committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry looked
after the interests of the ship-agents. This Committee still exists but
it primarily served the interest of its members, which includes
exporters, importers, C&F Agents etc. and does not cater exclusively to
the needs of the ship agents. Hence, the need for an exclusive body to
deal with issues of ship-agents was felt. It is against this backdrop
that the above-mentioned gentlemen met to form “Bombay Steamer Agents
Association”. Mr. N. M. Mehta was the first President and an ad hoc
committee consisting of: M/s. D.S. Kumana, R.S. Cooper, G. Oommen, S.P.
Iyer, S. B. Pathare, P.J.Dalal and Wg. Cdr. Pramanik (Retd.) was formed
to prepare the Articles of Association.
In 1979, the first Annual General Meeting was held and the first
Executive Committee of the Association was elected for the period
1980-82 with Mr. N. M. Mehta as the President and MR. D.S. Kumana and
Mr. D.M. Parekh as the Vice Presidents.
Thereafter, Executive Committees have been elected every two years. The
names of President and Vice-Presidents of Executive Committee are given
below in chronological order:
Mr. N M Mehta, President, Mr. D M Parekh and Mr. S S Joshi, Vice
Mr. S S Jalali, President; Mr. R S Cooper and Wg. Cdr. N L Pramanik (Retd.),
Vice Presidents (1984-86).
Mr. R S Cooper President; Wg. Cdr. N L Pramanik (Retd.), Mr. L D Parekh
M/s Parekh Marine Agencies Pvt. Ltd., Vice Presidents (1986-88,
Mr. R S Cooper continued to be the President of the Association until
4th March 1993.
Mr. K. Kumar, President, Mr. S B Pathare and Mr. S M Jalali, Vice
Mr. V. Puri, President, Mr. D K Lal and Mr. L D Parekh, Vice Presidents
Mr. D.K. Lal, President, Mr. S M Jalali and Mr. K P Desai, Vice
Mr. S M Jalali, President, Mr. K P Desai and Mr. KTR Nambiar, Vice
Mr. K.P. Desai, President, Mr. P J Dalal and Mr. C R Nambiar Vice
Presidents (2000 - 2002).
Mr. C.R. Nambiar, President, Mr. V C D'Souza and Capt. S P Rao, Vice
Presidents (2002 - 2004).
Mr. S B Pathare, who devoted himself to the formation, and growth of the
organization, since its inception, requested Mr. Darab Dubhash of M/s D
B Cursetjee & Sons Pvt. Ltd. (DBC) for providing some space in the
office of M/s Oceanic Shipping Agency Pvt. Ltd., a group company of DBC
to house the Secretariat of the Association. Mr. Darab Dubhash, was kind
enough to accommodate BSAA and it’s Secretariat, and, the Association
started functioning from there.
Mr. B A Nadkarni, an ex-official of the Bombay Port was the first
appointed Secretary of the Association, with tenure from 1979 to 1988.
During his tenure, with the help of Mr. S B Pathare, MANSA acquired its
present premises at 3, Rex Chambers, W. H. Marg, Ballard Estate, MUMBAI
- 400 001. The Secretariat was shifted to this new office in 1987.
In 1988, Mr. K Kumar, Ex-Secretary of Western India Shippers Association
(WISA), took over from Mr. Nadkarni as the Secretary General. It was
during Mr. Kumar's tenure from May 1988 to September 1992 that the
activities of MANSA became more focussed and it was given recognition by
the Port, Government Bodies and the Trade. The Association was
registered with the Registrar of Societies and also with the Charity
Commissioner, Mumbai in the year 1989. Mr. Kumar left MANSA to join M/s
Lloyd Triestino as its General Manager and got elected to the Executive
Committee of MANSA and went on to became the President of the
Association for the year 1993-1994.
With the development of multi-modalism and the commissioning of the
Jawaharlal Nehru Port in 1989, the Executive Committee felt that the
name of the Association should be changed to reflect it’s true activity
areas, i.e. both, Mumbai Port and the JNP. Hence, the name 'Bombay
Steamer Agents Association' was changed to 'Bombay and Nhava-Sheva
ShipAgents Association' (BANSA).
Further change in name was effected in the AGM held on 17th August 2001
to 'Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association' (MANSA).
Mr. Sharat Dighe, of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, joined
MANSA as Secretary from 12th August 1992 and was designated as the
Secretary General from 1st January 1995 till his retirement in February
Col. T.S. Tanwar (Retd.) joined MANSA as its Secretary General in 28th
July 2003 and relinquished the post on 11th March 2005.
Mr. C. S. Murty, an ex-official of MbPT took over as Secretary General
with effect from 1st April 2005 and left MANSA services on 31st December
2006 to join M/s Taurus Logistics & Transport Pvt. Ltd. as its GM.
Mr. H. D. Kulkarni, an ex-official of MbPT and current Secretary General
MANSA took over the Post with effect from 1st January 2007.
Mrs. Madhuri S Khavnekar had joined the Secretariat on 14th February
1983 and was subsequently promoted as Secretary of the Association from
1st January 1995 till July 2003 when she left MANSA to pursue better
prospects. Ms. Sally Kuriakose the current Secretary succeeds her.
Consequent upon the change of name of the city and port from 'Bombay' to
‘Mumbai’ the Association also in the AGM held on 12th July 1996,
replaced ‘BOMBAY’ with ‘MUMBAI’ in it’s name.
Formation of the Federal Body of Ship-Agents (FEDSAI)
In the year 1988, MANSA members felt the need for a wider all-India body
to address the issues that are common in ports of the country. Thus
MANSA floated the idea of a Federation of Ship-Agents. The modalities of
the Federation were prepared; meetings with representatives of
Associations from all Major Ports were organized to constitute an ad hoc
committee to prepare Articles of Association and the Constitution. The
meetings were held in the year 1990 under the Chairmanship of Mr. R S
Cooper, President MANSA. Thus in 1990, the Federation of Ship-Agents
Associations of India (FEDSAI) was formed with Mr. R S Cooper as its
first President. The Presidency rotates every two years and the
following gentlemen, subsequent to Mr. R.S. Cooper have acted as
Presidents of the Federation till to date: Mr. H P Nopany, President of
Association of Shipping Interests in Calcutta (ASIC), Mr. K J Ramaswamy
from Madras Steamer Agents Association (MSAA), Mr. K J Jose from Cochin
Steamer Agents Association (CSAA) and Mr. S M Jalali, President, Mumbai
And Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association (MANSA) have been Presidents in
the past. Capt. Suresh Amirapu of Chennai Steamer Agents Association is
the current President. The office of the Federation functions under the
aegis of the MANSA Secretariat.
MANSA has a membership of about 100 companies. Over the years, MANSA has
developed into a serious trade body that champions the cause of it’s
members even at the national level. It interacts with concerned
Ministries, Govt. departments, Ports, Trade bodies such as Chambers of
Commerce, C&F Agents, Assoc, CSLA etc., and has its rightful place in
the country’s shipping industry.