Captain U. Abhyankar: Joint President, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited

Joint President, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited

Captain Unmesh Abhyankar brings to the table over three decades of experience in the maritime industry. He is currently joint president, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZL), and heads the chief executive officer’s office as well. APSEZL is the seamless integration of three verticals – ports, logistics and a special economic zone. The company has a pan-Indian presence, with the flagship Mundra port located in the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. In his current role, Captain Abhyankar directly oversees aspects related to business excellence, information technology, Centre of Excellence (for engineering, planning and technical training), among others.

Prior to this, Captain Abhyankar was CEO of Mundra port where he spearheaded the port’s stellar performance in cargo handling. During his tenure, Mundra port leapfrogged from being the tenth largest port in 2009 to the largest commercial port in India, surpassing the major ports. It also became the first commercial port in the country to handle over 100 million tonnes of cargo in a year.

Captain Abhyankar’s ability to foster a culture of cohesiveness among his team members coupled with leadership skills and expertise in operations has turned Mundra port into one of the most efficient ports internationally. As volumes have grown exponentially, he has ensured that the infrastructure and operational capabilities have also been scaled up ahead of demand to deliver customer services smoothly and seamlessly. During his tenure, the port has been conferred many awards by the ports and logistics industry as well as other cross-industry forums.

An avid propagator of technology adoption, he has personally supervised automation, mechanisation and innovation projects at Mundra port and is focused on the use of technology for easier decision making. He has pioneered many firsts in the country (and in the port sector) such as the development and operation of long-haul railway rakes (Python), mechanised handling of fertilisers and state-of-the-art steel yards. He has an inherent ability to understand operations in depth and he is able to ease operational processes, resulting  in increased productivity.

In recognition of his contribution to the marine industry, he won the title of AMA-Metro Chem Outstanding Manager of the Year, 2013. He has also been awarded the Shipping and Port Personality of the Year award at Gujarat Junction, 2015. Captain Abhyankar has taken part in various leadership programmes.