Syed Abdul Qayum, 7291/Jinnah

Capt. Syed Abdul Qayum - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Syed Abdul Qayum, kit no. 7291/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1972 and left the college in 1977 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 July 1960, and was married to Mrs. Ghazala on 11 February 1993. They have four children - Saman, Faryal, Ezaan and Afnan. He now lives in Karachi.

Qayum was a good sportsman and was the Captain of the College Cricket team in his final year at Petaro.

Qayum joined the Merchant Navy soon after passing out from Petaro. He did his apprenticeship from Gulf East Management Ltd, Hong Kong. He then went on to get his Class IV and Class III Certificates of Competency from The Nautical College, Fleetwood, UK; and his Class II and Class I Certificates from the Australian Maritime College, Launceton, Tasmania, Australia.  He obtained the diploma of Applied Science (Ship Master) from Australian Maritime College. He holds the Master MOT COC Grade.

He has served as Master (Captain) on foreign going containers, bulk carriers and general cargo vessels since 1997, sailing on vessels from Singapore, Malaysia and Malta.  He has sailed under PIL chartered vessels and completed three contracts.

He has also served in the capacity of Chief officer and Junior Officer on bulk and general cargo vessels in the past.

Qayum has had many different experiences in his field. He is well experienced in ship handling, cargo documentation, cargo handling, stowage containers planning and related difficulties, cargo inspection, etc. He is very familiar with cargo vessel surveys, container vessel services, experience of dry docking, delivery of new vessels and repair works.

He is also well versed, experienced and knowledgeable in ISM, port state control, and ISPS (International Ship and Port Security System).

He has dealt with employees of all nationalities with higher safety standards, and completed an HR Management Course from Australia. He is highly skilled in handling crew and labourers.

Two of Qayum's nephews (his late brother's sons) are Petarians - Syed Abdul Rafay 2008058/Liaquat and Syed Abdul Wasay 2009180/Latif.