Capt. John Prasad Menezes

CEO, Principal Marine Consultant, Nautical Surveyor,
Expert Witness and Maritime Arbitrator

Capt. John P. Menezes is a Principal Marine Consultant, Nautical Surveyor, Expert Witness and Maritime Arbitrator.  He is CEO of Menezes and Associates, Mangalore.  He has over 48 years of experience in the marine industry with over 33 years of full-time involvement in ship surveying, marine consultancy and ADR- related matters with 15 years of sea service culminating in theposition of  Master.  He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the first Fellow in India to the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors and a Fellow of the Company of Master Mariners of India.

Marine Expertise

Capt. Menezes has handled Admiralty Claims including Collision, Salvage, Grounding, Fire, Pollution, Towage, Constructive Total Loss, Wreck Removal and other casualties besides Sale and Purchase Inspections; Loss Prevention and Risk Management Surveys as per client requirement. He works as a Flag State Safety Inspector and as Casualty Investigator for Flag Administrations. He has experience in offshore safety inspections of FPSO’s, MODU’s and tankers besides Safety Inspections of Passenger Vessels. Associate Surveyor to International Cargo Gear Bureau Inc. NY.

Various Designations

Capt. Menezes is currently the Chairman of the Institute of the Chartered Shipbrokers, East India Branch, Chennai, and Member of the Controlling Council, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Global).

He is the Treasurer and Director of Mission to Seafarers Association of India, Mumbai and also serves as Hon. Secretary of Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers (ICS) East India Branch, Chennai.

He was a member of the Nautical Institute Executive Council from 2008 to 2015 and Director/Trustee, Executive Board of NI Headquarters between 2016 and 2022.  Capt. Menezes has also served as an Independent Director on the board of Seven Islands Shipping Ltd., Mumbai, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., a Trustee of New Mangalore Port Trust, President of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Director of Mangalore Special Economic Zone.

He was Deputy Chairman of the IMO Committee of the Nautical Institute for six years. He has previously been a Deputy Master of the Company of Master Mariners of India, Mumbai and served as Warden of the

He is a visiting Faculty at Mangalore University for Maritime Studies and Maritime Security.

Arbitration Associations

Capt. Menezes has been an Expert Witness for maritime cases since 1992, and a practising Maritime Arbitrator and Mediator since 2013. He has presented various papers on Alternate Dispute Resolution at the International Conference of Maritime Arbitrators ICMA-2009 in Hamburg, at the ICMA-2015 in Hong Kong and the ICMA-2017 in Copenhagen. He is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, a Fellow of the Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA), and a Member of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) – Asia Pacific Users Council.

Empanelled as Arbitrator with Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC), The Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports (SAROD – Ports), Asia International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Malaysia, China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Beijing and Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Center, Ahmedabad (GIMAC).

He has authored Voyage from Being a Seafarer to a Maritime Arbitrator (Chapter 22) in the book ‘Maritime Skills on Vessels and Shore’ edited by Dr Capt. Vivek Jain.


After obtaining a Humanities degree from Osmania University, Capt. Menezes pursued an LLB from Mangalore University and his LLM in Maritime Law from London Metropolitan University. He has provided consultancy services to premier investigation agencies and global government bodies, including the Government of India. 

Capt. Menezes holds a Certificate of Competency – Master Mariner Foreign Going, issued by the Director General of Shipping, Government of India. He has completed his Professional Qualification Examination (PQE) of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), London.


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