About Us 2019-08-13T11:56:20+00:00

About Us

In late 2016, Ankaa was conceptualised through a partnership of experienced seafarers and an expert technologist who specialised in building digital recruitment and database tools as a result of frustrations from gathering, managing and securely sharing large quantities of seafarer data.

Designed by Seafarers, for Seafarers

At Ankaa we identified the need for a simple controlled environment for all parties to have secure access to personnel data such as bank details and certificate copies, to allow us to carry out our day- to-day business efficiently and effectively.

The technology now exists

My-Ankaa’s innovative digital portal and mobile app provides maritime companies with a secure online environment for storing, processing and sharing seafarer data in real-time – all in one place.

Maritime Companies read more about our Business Services

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The Management Team

Ian Livingstone, Master Mariner and Managing Director of Ankaa Ltd, is a second-generation seafarer and Master Mariner – possessing more than 25 years of experience in marine recruitment, ship management and seafaring. Ian’s seagoing experience has covered various vessel types including Liquefied Petroleum Gas tankers, Freight/Passenger RoRo, Cable Repair and Cruise vessels.

David Livingstone OBE, Extra Master and Director Ankaa Ltd, has been working in the Marine Industry since 1959 when he started his career as a Deck Officer Cadet with J&J Denholm Ltd. Following time at sea serving as a deck officer he went to West Africa as Port Manager before returning to Denholms as Ship Manager in 1973.

In 1981 David set up his own business, Clyde Marine Recruitment. David went on to establish the successful Clyde Group – with Clyde Travel, Clyde Marine Training and other related businesses – through acquisition and diversification. The Clyde Group went on to become one of the most successful marine services companies in the UK.

In 2008, David was awarded an Order of the British Empire, Civil Officer (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Maritime Training and the Shipping Industry.

Bala Narayanan, is a co-founder and spearheads product architecture, development and implementation through best industry practices. He has more than 22 years of experience in developing recruitment and database software with multinational companies and start-ups. His experience also spans software development technologies with Insurance broking, Office automation and Workflow engineering.


Ankaa has partnered with MarTrust to provide smoother waters for making international payments to seafarers more efficiently and at a lower cost.

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