Captain Unmesh Abhyankar
Captain Unmesh Abhyankar
Adani Logistics Ltd
Maritime Transport Services
Capt. Unmesh Abhyankar is currently the Joint President at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited and leads Business Excellence, IT, Techno-commercial, CoEs for Engineering, Planning, Technical Training among others. In a very short stint, he has been instrumental in effecting long lasting changes for multiple sites of APSEZ. Some of his most recent accomplishments include Activity Based Costing and Standardized SOPs which have unlocked additional value for the company. He has been actively involved in shaping the company’s long term vision and future direction.
Prior to his current assignment, he was CEO – Mundra Port where he spearheaded the port’s stellar performance in cargo handling since 2009. Qualified as Masters (Foreign Going) and having undergone leadership programmes, Capt Abhyankar has 35+ years of working experience spanning across marine, cargo operations, leading teams and delivering outstanding performance.
During his tenure at APSEZ, Mundra port leap-frogged from being 10th largest port in 2009 to the largest commercial port in India, surpassing all the major ports. Indeed, Mundra Port is the first commercial port in India to achieve 100+ Mn MT cargo handling in a year.
Capt Abhyankar’s ability to foster a culture of cohesiveness and oneness among his team coupled with leadership skills and expertise in operations have turned Mundra into amongst the most efficient ports internationally. As volumes grew exponentially, he ensured that the infrastructure and operational capabilities were scaled up ahead of the demand to deliver desired customer services smoothly and seamlessly.
Capt Abhyankar practices participatory leadership style and keeps an open door policy by being accessible to all. He is quick in decision making and encourages, empowers and enables entire team to act and achieve the desired outcome. Being an avid propagator for adoption of technology, he personally supervises the automation, mechanization and innovation projects at the Port. He has pioneered many firsts in India and the Ports sector such as formation and operation of long-haul railway rakes known as Python, Double stack container trains, mechanized handling of fertilizers, state- of-art steel yard, private rail network for port connectivity, metal-sieve for Agri-export, automated pilotage recording, among others. Thanks to his passion, the organization has a distinct culture of thinking, ideating by employees across all levels and continuous improvement.
During his leadership, the Port has been conferred many awards by the port and logistics industry as well as other cross-industry forums during this period.
In recognition of his exemplary contribution to the industry, he was conferred upon AMA-Metro Chem Outstanding Manager of the Year 2013. He was also conferred Shipping & Port Personality of the Year at Gujarat Junction 2015.