Meet our Crew

Raunek Kantharia

Founder  & Chief Editor

Raunek is a marine engineer turned maritime writer. After a brief stint at sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010 to raise awareness about the maritime industry and the life of seafarers.

Anish Wankhede

COO & Technical Expert

An ardent sailor and a techie, Anish Wankhede has voyaged on a number of ships as a marine engineering officer. He loves multitasking, networking, and troubleshooting.

Mohit Kaushik

Team Manager

Mohit Kaushik is a marine engineer sailing with Maersk Shipping. Apart from managing the team and writing for Marine Insight, he also runs a logistics company.

Swapna L.


A Computer Engineer by profession, Swapna handles the web development and designing at Marine Insight. Coming from a family of merchant mariners, she understands what it takes to be a seafarer

Mohit Sanguri

Marine Engineer

Chief Engineer Mohit Sanguri is a Marine Chief Engineer (Class I Unlimited Power) and has 12 years of sailing experience. He is currently working with Dynacom Tankers Ltd .on their Bulk Carriers division and has served in past with Wallems Ship Mgmt. on Car Carriers and PCTC’s, MSC Ship Mgmt. on Containers, Univan Ship Mgmt. on RoRo’s and Five Stars Shipping on Bulkers and SNP Ship Mgmt. on General Cargo at various designations.

Nihar Hedwarkar

Chief Officer

Nihar Herwadkar has been with the A.P.Moller Group since his cadetship. Presently sailing as Chief Officer with Maersk Tankers, he holds a Master’s CoC from UK. He takes active interest in geopolitics and love reading news articles and non-fiction books. Apart from playing with his 3-year-old Labrador Retriever, a good part of his holidays back home are spent playing squash and drinking scotch. He’s a member of the Nautical Institute and a proud freemason.

Pankaj Bhargava

Master Mariner

Capt.Pankaj Bhargava is a Master Mariner, now retired from active sea life and presently self employed as a businessman. He has sailed on almost all types of ships in various capacities. However, the last 18 years of his career he sailed solely on Oil/Chemical Tankers as a Master and in year 2012 retired from active sailing. He has a great penchant for writing and writes for several popular marine publications.

Mahendra Singh

Chief Engineer

Mr. Mahendra Singh is a senior marine engineer with more than 20 years of experience as chief engineer on a variety of vessels such as bulk, container and car carriers. He has also served as an engineer and ship surveyor with the Government of India. When not sailing, Mr. Mahendra Singh likes to teach at premium maritime academies.

Rajeeve Kaushik

Chief Engineer

Rajeeve is a Chief Engineer of 19 years, who kept his deadline and retired himself on the 50th birthday. With penchant for reading and writing serious literature, driving long distances; his main hobby is observing and commenting on the economy of the country. He has been helping colleagues at sea plan their finances and future for over 20 years now.Living in the rapidly diminishing Himalayas he appreciates the entire country lying between the Green Hills and the Blue Ocean.

Bikram Singh

Chief Officer

Bikram Pal Singh – is a professional mariner and blogger. He has sailed extensively serving on various Oil tankers and Offshore Vessels. Currently a Chief Officer, he enjoys reading and compiling notes about critical shipboard operations and crew psychology. When not sailing, he loves backpacking, is an ardent adventurer and a certified diver.

Abhishek Bhanawat

Chief Officer

Abhishek Bhanawat is a chief officer who has worked on various types of tankers. He specialises in Crude Oil and Product Tankers. He is extremely passionate about his work and loves to sail. An avid reader since childhood, he likes to write about his experiences in free time. He loves to share his views and opinions regarding his maritime profession. He also likes to teach and supports his juniors who are at the sea through mails and over phone.

Amitava Chakravarty

Marine Pilot

Amitava Chakrabarty is a Maritime Pilot at Kolkata Port Trust, a writer and a poet. He has contributed articles, travelogues, letters, stories and poems in leading newspapers and magazines in India, has penned two anthologies of poetry ( Solitude / So I Used Gray And Other Poems ) and has co-authored a children’s book – Inspirational stories for Children Vol-3.

Rishabh Joshi

Marine Engineer

Rishab Joshi is marine engineer with extensive experience of tanker vessels. Presently working with General Maritime Corporation (GMC), he loves reading maritime case studies and reports on trending issues. Also an amateur photographer, he doesn’t miss a chance to use his camera while at sea.

Shilavadra B.

Deck Cadet

Shilavadra Bhattacharjee is a Deck Cadet who’s recently graduated and started his first sail. He is a prolific reader and also likes to record his arbitrary thoughts on paper. He’s been following Marine Insight since his days in college and was eager with his desire to contribute to the magazine. “Sheel”, as his friends call him, believes in sharing knowledge and conveying thoughts in every form possible- be it through words, music or anything else.

Nachiketh Bhattathiri

Deck Cadet

Nachiketh is a graduated deck cadet at Maersk line and is preparing for the second mates examination. He has sailed on container vessels plying to Asia and Europe. Apart from sailing he loves reading, writing, driving, traveling, water sports and movies.

Vikram Dileepan

Marine Engineer

Mr. Vikram Dileepan is a Marine engineer who sails around the world for a living. Apart from being a ship engineer, he is an English literature addict, compulsive blogger, amateur mountaineer, and a consistent traveler of offbeat destinations being his hideout of choice. He also writes personal missives and other crazy stuff

Shalabh Agarwal

Marine Engineer

Shalabh Agrawal is a marine engineer by profession and has completed a stint onboard ship. He is passionate about creative writing and enhancing his skills with intellectualism. He would soon scour the sea again and aims to know every peculiar intricacy about his machinery, yet devote a hand to his creativity on paper.

Soumya Chakraborty

Naval Architect

Soumya is pursuing Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at IMU, Visakhapatnam, India. Passionate about marine design, he believes in the importance of sharing maritime technical knowhow among industry personnel and students. He is also the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Learn Ship Design- A Student Initiative.

Dilipan Thomas


Dilipan Thomas is an aspiring seafarer, who has sailed on both cargo and offshore vessels. He has a good knowledge of the deck department, and is presently preparing and training himself to be a deck officer. He loves working in challenging environments and prefers writing about his sailing experiences during his free time.

Sriram Balasubramanian

Marine Engineer

S. Sriram Balasubramanian is a marine engineer with specialised knowledge and experience in LNG carriers. He has worked for companies like Shell and Mitsui O.S.K Lines. An established technology writer, Sriram has written for a couple of famous maritime websites. He also makes technical videos on a variety of marine engineering topics.

Ananth T

Marine Engineer

Ananth is a MEO class IV competency certificate holder, working with the Great Eastern Shipping company. As a marine engineer, he has sailed on both bulk carriers and oil tankers. When not sailing, he likes to share his seafaring knowledge and experiences with fellow maritime professionals.

Sukant Kumar

Naval Architect

Sukant Kumar is pursuing Naval Architecture at IMU, Vizag, India. An ardent lover of the shipping industry and its various aspects, he likes to read and write about latest technologies and trends that shape the maritime industry.

Tanumoy Sinha

Naval Architect

Tanumoy is pursuing Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at IMU, Visakhapatnam, India. He is passionate about interactive maritime writing and specializes in writing from a marine designer’s point of view. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Learn Ship Design- A Student Initiative.

Sudripto Khasnabis

Naval Architect

Sudripto is pursuing Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at IMU, Visakhapatnam, India. He is an aspiring future Naval Architect with an eye for aesthetics and detail, likes to spend his free time writing maritime blogs and reading about maritime innovations which continue to intrigue him. He is also a Senior Editor at Learn Ship Design- A Student Initiative.

Mr. Nanda

Ex-Chief Engineer

Mr.Nanda is an ex-chief engineer and senior faculty with a premier maritime training institute. Through his extensive marine knowledge and expertise, Mr. Nanda has helped several maritime professionals to deal with a variety of situations at the sea. He is also the co-author of the popular NG series of marine text books.

Vikram Gokhle

Chief Engineer

Mr. Vikram Gokhle is the Deputy General Manager of a premier ship management company. He is an experienced chief engineer with an extensive knowledge not only in the profession of sailing but also in the field of teaching. He is also the author of the popular NG Series of marine text-books.

Mr. S N Batra

Rtrd. Chief Engineer

Mr. S.N. Batra is a retired chief engineer and superintendent, who has worked with Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). As a technical superintendent he has been in-charge of all technical operations, surveys, repairs and dry-docking of ships. After serving for 45 years in the shipping industry, he has been a lecturer and visiting faculty for several maritime training institutes in India.

Paromita Mukherjee

Deck Cadet

Paromita has completed graduation in Nautical Science and is presently preparing for 2nd mate exams. Besides sailing, she love to read books and to travel. She has also won many awards in music.