Mumbai-based ship management company MMS Maritime India is to begin a major recruitment drive for Indian seafarers after its parent company, the Japanese ship owner Meiji Shipping Group, unveiled an expansion of its tanker fleet.

MMSI provides crew to Meiji’s oil and gas tanker division which numbers 19 ships. MMSI CEO Dr Sanjay Bhavnani said he expected four new tankers to be delivered to Meiji by the beginning of 2016. The 28,000dwt medium range (MR) vessels are presently under construction at a Japanese shipyard.

MMSI currently employs around 300 crew and is looking to recruit a further 80-90 seafarers from India to help man these four new ships.

The positions are across the full spectrum of roles from officers and masters to chief engineers. A number of senior positions will be filled from the existing workforce to ensure the ships have the right levels of experience and expertise.

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