The sudden passing of Jagdeep Singh Bakshi in 2015 left a void in the maritime community that rippled across the globe. Jagdeep’s reputation for excellence, integrity and engineering prowess was a constant throughout his 40+ year career and bridged multiple continents.
Jagdeep trained as a Marine Engineer in Kolkata, India, and set sail at the age of 17 to work aboard ships. After gaining his Chief Engineer’s License, he worked with several maritime companies and in April 1992 Jagdeep joined Teekay Shipping where he worked on their oil tankers as a Chief Engineer. The Teekay management executives appreciated Jagdeep’s talent and when the opportunity arose to develop Teekay’s first Floating Storage and Offtake (FSO) vessel, Jagdeep was invited to take on the role of project technical lead, based in the company’s Tokyo office. The conversion of the FSO was carried out at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 1997/98. On completion, the ship was named “Dampier Spirit” and it took up station in the Stag Field off NW Australia where it served admirably for more than 23 years. Throughout his career, Jagdeep executed six Offshore Projects – typically seeing these through from the initial Tender Stage until final Operational Sign-off by Major Oil Companies – and he attended the dry-docking of more than 35 vessels, ranging from routine maintenance to major repairs.
Following the organizational restructuring of Teekay in the late 90’s, Jagdeep became an integral part of the Teekay Marine Services technical team, based in the Vancouver office, where he was always instantly recognizable by his distinctive white turban. During his time with Teekay, Jagdeep took on prominent roles in many complex engineering projects with his customary unassuming confidence, including two more FSO conversions. In addition to his engineering skills, Jagdeep was a prolific networker. He had a very easy way with people, having travelled and worked in several different countries throughout his career.
Jagdeep’s passion was marine engineering, and he believed in supporting the future of the profession by elevating the next generation of outstanding students to pursue their education and career. To recognize his outstanding career and to honour his profound contributions to the maritime community, a scholarship has been established in his name. The Jagdeep Singh Bakshi Memorial Award scholarship supports graduate students in the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This scholarship offers promising students access to life-changing education, lessens their financial burden and recognizes their dedication and accomplishments.
Congratulations to the recent scholarship recipient! Jagdeep would have been extremely proud to be able to contribute to the success of such a dedicated and engaged student seeking to make a difference in the marine engineering community.
Jagdeep is survived by his wife Verinder Kaur (Vinny) and three children: eldest daughter Paarull, a PR and marketing maven; daughter Urvashi, working in accounting; and son Varun, in real estate and construction. Collectively, the Bakshi family is delighted to see Jagdeep’s legacy come alive with this scholarship. It is a fitting tribute to his memory.
More about the scholarship: https://memorial.support.ubc.ca/jagdeep-bakshi/