Tech Mahindra to Manage Indian Ports
Indian Ports Association (IPA) has appointed Tech Mahindra as the Managed Service Provider for five major ports. This is the first such outsourcing deal in the major ports.Tech Mahindra will build and maintain an enterprise business system (EBS) to modernise and automate port processes at five Central government-owned port at Mumbai ,Kolkata, Chennai, Deendayal Port and Paradip Port Trust.This initiative is a major step towards integrating the maritime sector and fostering growth…
India Rolls-out SOPs for Cruise and Ferry Services
The Government of India has formulated new guidelines in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to handle cruise vessels and cruise passengers in November, 2017.The salient features of these SOPs inter alia includes submission of documents/data electronically, seamless entry and exit process with access control and RFID for vehicles and persons and simplified Port Health Organization Clearance Procedure. It further provides for e-Landing card for shore excursion, doing…
Warship INS Chennai Set to Sail
INS Chennai, a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer of Indian Navy, was dedicated to the city of Chennai in the presence of Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr D Karthikeyan IAS, Commissioner of Chennai and Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Navel Command at an impressive ceremony held onboard the ship at Chennai Port Trust on 17 April 2017. The event was characterised by closely coordinated sequence of drills and events leading to formal unveiling of the plaque by the Chief Minister.
Haropa Ports sees double digit maritime trade with India
France-based Haropa port expects maritime trade with India to grow at double digit this calendar year after having reported 7% growth in 2016, said Herve Martel, , CEO - Port of Le Havre & President- HAROPA ports. “We have received encouraging response from the Indian policy makers as also from port, shipping lines & Indian trade during our four day visit to India and we hope to build upon this momentum with increasing French investments taking place in India,” Martel said at the concluding leg of the multi city road show that took place in Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and finally in Mumbai.
Indian Ports to Go Green
The Indian Ministry of Shipping, as a part of its ‘Green Port Initiative’ has been emphasizing on use of renewable sources of energy to power Major Ports across the nation. The Ministry aims to set up 91.50 MW of solar energy capacity at the twelve Major Ports and 45 MW of wind energy capacity by the two Major Ports of Kandla and V. O. Chidambaranar. Major Ports have started the process of setting-up renewable energy projects by investing Rs.704.52 crores ($ 104 million) in these projects.
Indian Ports to Implement RFID
All Major Ports have been directed to implement the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system to track the movement of men, materials and vehicles within the port premises on real time basis. Implementation of RFID system will eliminate manual checking of documents at port gate and real time tracking of movement of vehicles, men and materials. This would reduce congestion and also cost of operations at Ports. Ports have been directed to have the RFID system in place by 31.03.2017.
Cargo Traffic Handled by Indian Ports Increases by 5.2 % for H1
The Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo during the first six months of FY 2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 percent as compared to the same period last year. The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same period last year was 299.5 MT. This improvement of performance is the result of many measures initiated by the Ministry of Shipping to improve the performance of the ports. These include mechanization of the terminals…
Paradip Port Cargo Volume Looks Up
Among five major ports on the east coast Paradip Port topped the list with 28.65 million tonnes of cargo for the first four months, followed by Chennai Port 17.42 million tonnes, V.O.C Port 13.07 million tonnes, Krishnapatnam Port 11.57 million tonnes and Kamarajar Port close to 9 million tonnes. The five ports have collectively handled about 80 million tonnes of cargo during the first four months of the current fiscal year, fuelled by imports of coal and petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) products.
India to Set Up Major Port at Enayam
The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its 'in-principle' approval for setting up a Major port at Enayam near Colachel in Tamil Nadu. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be formed for development of this Port with initial equity investment from the three Major Ports in Tamil Nadu i.e. V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, and Kamarajar Port Limited. The SPV will develop the port infrastructure including dredging and reclamation, construction of breakwater, ensuring connectivity links etc.
Chennai port, Belgium sign MoU
The Chennai Port Trust has signed a fresh memorandum of understanding with the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium), reports the Hindu. "Belgium is working towards getting an agreement between the ports of Zeebrugge in Belgium and the port of Chennai as part of its efforts to take part in the development of Indian ports," Joren Vandeweyer, spokesperson for the Belgian secretary of state for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem said. “Zeebrugge had an agreement with the Chennai port earlier. We want to strengthen the relations between our ports.
All-Women Crew Indian Navy Ship Enters Chennai Port
The Indian Navy said on Saturday that its sailing vessel Mhadei, having an all-women crew of naval officers, has entered the Chennai Port. The vessel which had left Visakhapatnam on February 9, was scheduled to make stops at Chennai and Kochi ports enroute before reaching her home port at Goa. "This is the first all-women crew to man any ocean-going ship of the Navy," says a statement from Indian Navy. The ship is skippered and crewed by an all-women team of naval officers for first time ever and is back after participating in the International Fleet Review.
CMA CGM Reshuffles its CIMEX 2E Service Linking Asia to Chennai
CMA CGM has announced the reshuffling of its CIMEX 2E service linking Asia to Chennai (India East Coast) as from January 2016. Frequency: weekly. Fleet: 5 vessels of 5,000 TEU. By further strengthening its 4th service connecting Asia base ports to the Indian Subcontinent, CMA CGM is providing an enhanced coverage in the region on this growing market. CMA CGM also announced it is upgrading its Swahili Express, or SWAX, service between India and East Africa by adding a fortnightly call at Nacala, Mozambique.
Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network
Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2). From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and slot charter agreement on the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2). The revamped network will include a Northern China direct call, headhaul new direct port calls including Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian and Port Klang, and backhaul new direct port calls including Busan, Singapore and Port Klang.
RORO Ops by NYK for Ford Plants in India
In 2011, NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd.(NALI)* was awarded a contract by Ford India for RORO terminal services of finished cars at Chennai and Ennore Port. Based on the service quality, in 2015, NALI and Ford India extended the scope of services to cover Chennai plant stockyard management and inland transportation from plant to Chennai and Ennore ports. With this new scope of business, NALI can provid complete outbound logistics of finished vehicles for the Ford plant in Chennai.
EXG Wins CII SCALE Award
Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd (EXG) won the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Award 2015 organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). EXG bagged the award for Excellent Position in Supply Chain & Logistics in Specialised Cargo category. The recognition of SCALE Awards 2015 encompasses the excellence amongst logistics service providers and supply chain aspect of user industry. The winners were selected after a long deliberation by the esteemed jury which included eminent people from various sectors with specialized knowledge.
Kamarajar Port Posts 10.7% Growth, Plans Free Trade Warehousing Zone
Throughput at Ennore-based Kamarajar Port Ltd increased 10.6 per cent in 2014-15 to 30.25 million tonne as against 27.34 mt registered during the previous year. The port has posted a 5 percent growth in pre-tax profit to Rs 421.47 ($70 million). Operating income was up 12.3 per cent to Rs 563.64 crore for the period as compared with Rs 501.93 crore. The major share of the throughput was imports of coal by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB). The port located at Ennore to the north of Chennai now primarily handles coal import and car export.
Berthing Delays for Heavy Lift Vessels at Indian Ports
Heavy Lift vessels visiting Indian ports are in for berthing delays at various ports. * In Mumbai Port, berthing delays of approx 10 days for vessel opting for BPS & BPX berths and for Harbour wall berth it is 8 days. For priority vessel it is approx 4 to 5 days. No delays inside Indira docks. * Waiting time in Nhava Sheva shallow water berth is NIL to 1 day and depends further on the performance of ships at berth and cement vessel calling in near future. * Kandla port - berthing delays in normal import is 8 to 9 days & normal export group is approx 2 to 3 days, and in 24 hrs group it is expected to be between 24 hrs to 36 hrs. * Mundra port is presently free from congestion. * Adani Hazira port - situation is normal. * Waiting period at Adani Dahej port is approx min 8 to 10 days.
Heavy Lift & Project Vessels Face Berthing Delays at Indian Ports
Heavy Lift & Project vessels calling at Indian ports are experiencing congestion, which according to the trade is an artifically created situation. They point out that unlike other vessels, Heavy Lift vessels turnaround time may extends to two to three days or even more. As a result preference is given to other vessels. * In Mumbai Port, berthing delays of approx 8 to 10 days in normal group and for priority vessel 3 to 4 days for vessel opting for BPS & BPX berths,and for Harbour wall berth it is 3 to 4 days. No delays inside Indira docks. * Waiting time in Nhava Sheva shallow water berth is NIL to 1 day and depends further on the performance of ships at berth and cement vessel calling in near future.
Berthing Delays At Indian Ports For Heavy Lift & ODC vessels
Because of their longer turnaround time heavy lift and project cargo vessels are not being given preferential berthing at most leading Indian ports creating in a kind of a 'pseudo congestion' situation at most ports. Besides, there is a lack of storage space generally at most ports for heavy lift and ODC (Over dimensional cargo) further aggravating the situation. 1) In Mumbai Port as on date there is berthing delays of approx 2 to 3 days for BPS & BPX berths and for Harbour wall berth the delay in getting berthing is approx 1 day. However, there is no delay inside Indira docks. 2) Waiting time at Nhava Sheva shallow water berth is nil to 1 day and depends further on the performance of ships at berth and cement vessel calling in near future.
Cargo traffic at 12 Indian major ports up by 1.78%
Indian Ports Cargo traffic at 12 major ports in the country recorded a marginal increase of 1.78 per cent at 555.50 million tonnes (MT) during 2013-14.The cargo throughput at 12 major ports of India stood at 545.79 MT in 2012-13. Kandla port handled the highest 87 MT traffic during 2013-14, followed by 68 MT cargo by Paradip Port and 62 MT by Jawaharlal Nehru port, as per the data by Indian Ports Association (IPA). Mumbai port recorded 59 MT traffic while Visakhapatnam Port received 58 MT cargo. Chennai Port received 51 MT traffic. These ports had handled 560.13 MT of cargo in 2011-12 while the same was 596.03 MT in 2010-11. The present capacity of major ports is only about 700 MT , while the Maritime Agenda of the Ministry has fixed a target of 3130 MT capacity addition by 2020.
India's Maritime Growth Fueled by Foreign Companies
Foreign players continue to dominate several segments of the Indian maritime industry: from salvage to dredging, chartering to ship management and ship manning, to name but a few. And the list of foreign firms setting up shop in India is growing as the country is hurriedly putting in place the required infrastructure to meet the huge demands of India’s growing international trade. Globally, India is the 7th largest country in area, 2nd in population and 11th in GDP, with the expectation that it will ascend to the top five in GDB by 2020.
Indian Port Set to Develop Mega-container Terminal
Container ship traffic: Chennai Port in SE India is going all out to regain top position. Work on the Chennai Port Mega Terminal Project is expected to start shortly and the first ship would be berthed in three years at the new terminal, according to Atulya Misra, Chairman of Chennai Port Trust. He dismissed fears that with the development of Ennore and Karaikal ports that flank the Chennai Port, the latter may lose its pre-eminent position in the region. Mr.Misra told a news conference that Chennai Port was aiming to regain its dominant position in container traffic by establishing a mega container terminal with a capacity to handle 4 million tonnes of cargo.
Ship Captain Needed Onboard, Avoids Jail
Indian Coastguard officials insist captain must be on board despite court detention order Despite being refused bail by the Madras (India) High Court, captain of MV Prabhu Daya, the ship suspected to have collided with a fishing boat off Kerala coast, killing five fishermen, could not be arrested after the Chennai port and Coast Guard authorities raised objections. Moments after the high court rejected the [bail] petition a team of Kerala police officers took him into custody. A team member said they could not take him to the shore as the port trust and the Coast Guard officiaals raised objections, saying a vessel could not be allowed to remain without a captain. The five-member team had to send Pereira back to the vessel.