Captain Raffat Zaheer passed away on 13th September 2015. He was a leading member of International Transportation Industry.
He had over 50 years of professional expertise in Shipping and Transport Industry working in the Far East and South Asia. He was based in Hong Kong for over 20 years and then returned to Karachi, Pakistan in end of 1991. He worked in numerous management capacities both on board ships and in shore-based positions culminating in positions as Director Commercial and Director Ship-Management with Pakistan National Shipping Corporation.
He was Master Marnier and holder of BSc (Technical) Honors Degree in Maritime Studies from University of Wales, U.K. Trained at ThamesNauticalCollege aboard HMS “Worchester” in United Kingdom in late 1950s. He commenced his merchant navy career on Clan Mackenzie Line before taking command of Pakistan flag vessels.
His last position was Honorary Secretary of International Multimodal Transport Association (IMMTA) Geneva and Country Representative for Pakistan for the same institution. He was a Fellow of Nautical Institute (NI), Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) London, Member of International Federation of Ship Masters Association (IFSMA), Member of Master Mariner’s Society of Pakistan and Member of Institute of Sea Transport, Hong Kong.
He was a pioneer and advocate for adoption of new techniques and methods within the Industry, in particular in the area of multimodal transport. In recognition of his expertise, he was a very sought after speaker at International Transport Conferences and was invited to participate in various initiatives within Pakistan to contribute in the formulation of National Integrated Transport Policy.
His services as Founder Secretary General of ARUP (Association of Road Users of Pakistan) in promoting safety countrywide and especially his dedicated works towards changing rules of handling accident victims will long be remembered. Outside this professional arena, Captain Raffat Zaheer was committed to philanthropic efforts within Pakistan and was a dedicated and active member of Rotary Club of Karachi Defence.
-Published on page#31, September-2015 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine