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S.R. Patnaik

CEO and Director at ISL, Dubai (A Tata Group Company)


Capt. Patnaik is from a family of Mariners and grew up in the port city of Paradip, Orissa. He had an illustrious career in the Merchant Navy for 16 yrs where he rose from the  rank of cadet to Captain of a ship. He has sailed on various types of ships ranging from Tankers, Bulk carriers and Container ships with a multi- national crew and has commanded Merchant ships for 8 yrs. After hanging up his sailing boots, he joined TMILL, a subsidiary of TATA Steel in April 2004.

He has rich commercial and operating experience in shore based Shipping of more than a decade  , totalling  close to 30 years of experience in Shipping .

He was instrumental in starting third party operating business in TMILL (Joint venture of Tata Steel, NYK and Martrade) under ISL brand . ISL has grown over the years to be a strong brand in the global shipping arena.

Under his able guidance ISL has ventured into many projects such as the Indian coastal container & RO-RO trade, Inter- PG aggregate trade, Liquid Cargo trade, Last mile logistics solution to customers &  Harbour services in the Port of Dhamra, east coast of India.

ISL under the able leadership of Capt.Patnaik has manoeuvred well post 2008  shipping crisis by showing consistent performance Y-O-Y. With modest beginning in 2004 , ISL has expanded its footprints globally by adding new trade lanes , cargo verticals and customers .All of this was possible by developing and nurturing talent, high level of innovation and dynamism.

Capt. Patnaik is an active participant at various Maritime/Logistics Seminars & Conferences. He has been a speaker at several of these seminars wherein he has shared with the marine fraternity and students his vast knowledge and experience on various topics in the maritime field.