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Jitendra Misra passes away

Tributes are pouring in today after the sudden death last night of Captain Jitendra Misra, the veteran head of Dubai-based shipowner Emarat Maritime.

Misra – or CJM as he was fondly referred to in work circles – had been with the same company for the past 32 years. He was attending the TT Club’s Dubai board dinner and collapsed as he was leaving and passed away.

Misra’s career started as a deck cadet with India Steamship in 1971. At the age of just 28, he became one of the youngest masters in the Indian shipping fleet. After eight years in command he stepped ashore in 1988 to take up commercial challenges with a firm in UK. He came to Dubai in February 1990 to set up the shipowning division for a large business conglomerate. This was the beginning of Emarat Maritime and Misra became the firm’s managing director in 1997, going on to become one of the best known faces in local Dubai shipping circles.

The 10-ship strong Emarat fleet is made up of a mix of bulkers and tankers.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Our Heatfelt condolences for the sad & untimely demise of my senior Capt. Jitendra Misra.
    I had the golden opportunity to share sailing experience on the SS Indian Resource in 1976 when he was Mate on dispensation and I was one of the 7 cadets. We had a rocking time on board for the entire duration of his presence on board and he made it look , sound like every job was easy and smooth. We used to look upon him as our guiding senior.
    His void cannot be filled.
    I am very Sad to hear that. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti.

  2. It’s with profound grief, I came to know of Jit’s passing. A dearly beloved friend for over two decades, he made for a fine friend, forever cheerful, helpful and supportive. “CHAPS”, the void you leave behind is impossible to fill and I’m going to miss not seeing you on my future trips. May you rest in peace and tranquility for you have worked hard to be an ICON in our industry.

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