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All Naval Architects from Prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. Practical Shipbuilding experience for more than 80 years encompassing multiple shipyards in more than 20 countries.


Mr. Akshay Jain (Naval Architect), Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Akshay is a problem solver, his strength lies in bringing modern approach for solving traditional / modern problems and hence maximizing returns on the projects. As founder of Vedam, Akshay leads strategy, business development, new opportunities, technology and initiatives. Akshay has vast experience of Project Management, Supervision and Consulting for shipbuilding & repairs globally.

Akshay is a Naval Architect from IIT-Madras and has done executive management program from Harvard Business School, India Campus. He is winner of Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award by IIT-Madras. He is an executive committee member of Indian Institute of Naval Architects and a regular speaker in Industry Conferences.

Mr. Rakesh Roy (Naval Architect), CoFounder & Chief Operating Offier

Rakesh is the design brain at Vedam and likes solving complex engineering problems using latest available Technologies / Tools. As Cofounder of Vedam, he heads operations and leads the design team for New Design or Conversion / Retrofits for OSVs, Coastal vessels, Dredgers, Offshore Units, etc. He has vast experience of various engineering analysis projects including Structural FEA, CFD, Hydrodynamics, etc.

Rakesh is a Naval Architect from IIT-Madras and has done management program from SP Jain Institute of Management. He is a regular speaker in Technological Forums.


Mr. Rajnish Verma (Naval Architect), CoFounder & Director (Projects)

Rajnish is the projects guy and gets his strength from being on the ground at site during execution. As Cofounder of Vedam, he heads projects and Project management for new building, conversion and engineering in addition to heading the middle east operations of Vedam. With experience of handling projects in yards in Far East, Middle East, Europe and USA, he has strong hold on various building standards and manufacturing technologies.

Rajnish is a Naval Architect from IIT-Madras and has done general management from Harvard Business School. He is a regular speaker in Technological Forums.

Mr. Prabir Mitra (Naval Architect), Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Prabir Mitra, CTO of Vedam, is a Naval Architect from IIT Kharagpur. He started his career with Aalborg shipyard in Denmark and has worked for most of the major shipyards in india including Mazagaon Dock, Alcock Ashdown, L & T and Bharati shipyard.

Mr. Mitra has more than 50 years of rich & versatile experience in various shipyards and design firms. He has special knowledge about design of Inland Vessels, as he has designed more than 50 Inland Vessels and Ro-Pax vessels within his enriched career. He also has comprehensive knowledge of complete construction cycle of ships and offshore structures. Mr. Mitra is also a Member of Indian Register of Shipping Technical Committee responsible for Rule Development.

Mr. Lalatendu Acharya, (Marine Engineer), Director (Technical)

Lalatendu is a Marine Engineer from DMET, heads the system design, special projects and innovations at Vedam.
He has 25+ years of international experience in vessel operations, Survey, gap analysis of ship's design & system, Vessels evaluations for Class entry, statutory compliances, project management for Major conversions, asset management, etc.

After sailing as Chief Engineer, he joined IR class as a surveyor for retrofits /conversion and new constructions, and as a Flag state Inspector for various Flag states. He was Sr. Manager with Shipping Unit of a MNC responsible towards Technical and Operational functions. As Asst. Vice President (Technical) in a shipping division of a Cement manufacturer, he was engaged in asset management and up-keep of fleet of 10 vessels operating in west coast India along with captive port & jetty, leading a team of 150 people on shore.


Board of Directors
Akshay Jain, Naval Architect from IIT Madras.
Capt. Carl Fernandes ( Managing Director Medallion Marine Private Ltd. Mumbai )

A Master Mariner with over 35 years of sailing and ship management experience with a niche expertise in new building & projects. Most recently he was Managing Director of OMCI Ship management Pvt. Ltd. and one of the key members of the core team that developed and institutionalized the Indian operations of OMI Marine Services LLC. CF, as he is known to all, has a rich experience in new building, ship management and most importantly, building a successful team that is driven by quality and consistency.

Board of Advisors
Prof. V. Anantha Subramanian

Prof. V. Anantha Subramanian has been teaching at IIT Madras for the last thirty years and has been a prime source of inspiration for aspiring naval architects graduating from this premier institute. His prime areas of interest are Ship hydrodynamics, Computer aided ship design, Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications, Propulsion hydrodynamics. He has been consultant to international and national ship design, building and ocean engineering related organizations. A researcher with strong credentials, he has widely travelled around the world in his professional capacity. He has a passion for creative solutions and strongly believes in enrichment and excellence through education in all its facets.

Mr. B.N. Advani

Mr Advani is an marine engineer and was HOD of the ship building department of the The Shipping Corporation of India . He has vast experience in all activities related to ship building . He has combined experience of more than 40 years in shipbuilding, ship management and ship operations apart from sailing as an engineer on board including rank of chief engineer. He had been on the technical committee of almost all major classfication societies. He had been attending regularly many years the IMO technical committees ( Martitime safety committee and Marine Environmental Protection Committee ).

Prof. R.P. Gokarn

Prof. R. P Gokarn is a Ex-Professor of Naval Architecture and Ex-Dean of post Graduate studies at I.I.T. Kharagpur and well renowned authority on Naval Architecture and Propeller Design with over 50 years teaching experience. His expertise is in Resistance, Propulsion and Manoeuvrability of Ships, High Speed Marine Craft, Ship Power Systems, Stability of Buoyant Systems, Shipyard Organisation, Shipbuilding Management, and Ship Performance.Apart from writing a number of papers and guiding research at M. Tech and Ph.D. levels, Professor Gokarn was also active in continuing education programs & lectured at several courses at NSTL ranging from Hydrodynamics of Submerged Bodies in 1975 to Hydrodynamics of Advanced Vehicles in 2001.


We have a team of more than 50 designers including highly qualified professional Naval Architects, Mechanical Engineers, Marine Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Marine Draftsman. The Top management team of Vedam constitutes of dedicated individuals with proven credentials- knowledge and experience.

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