New boss for Cochin Shipyard

India’s Cochin Shipyard will kick off 2016 with a new chairman and managing director, after appointing Madhu S Nair to the role effective January 1.

Nair is the current chief general manager of business development and succeeds the retiring K Subramaniyam. Nair is said to be responsible for the development of the yard as an international player and also had a large hand in securing a deal with France’s GTT for technology that will make Cochin Shipyard India’s first shipbuilder to construct LNG vessels.

Nair has been with Cochin Shipyard over 27 years, starting in June 1988 as an executive trainee.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. Congratulation for promoted executives!!!!

    I really want Cochin will be a international grade shipyard very soon. To achieve the position, invitation of good experienced leaders from world wide will be followed. It is so good time for Cochin to get very good experts in design and production and quality management because big 3 Korean shipyards laid off a lot of good people.

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