Gujarat Maritime Board News

08 Jul 2019

193 Ships Broken in 2Q, 2019

Graphics: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that there were a total of 193 ships broken in the second quarter of 2019 and the 146 of these were sold to South Asian scrapping beaches. South Asian working conditions are known to be dire and breaking practices cause irreparable damage to the coastal environment, it added.Between April and June, Platform sources recorded three accidents that killed at least five workers on the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh, bringing the total death-toll of the shipbreaking industry this year to at least eight workers.In the early morning of 15 May…

15 Sep 2017

Japan's JICA to Fund India's Alang-Sosiya Shipyards

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe at the India-Japan Business Summit, in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Photo: PIB

The Government of India signed a loan deal worth USD 76 million with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a project to upgrade the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards. The total cost of the project will be $ 111 million, out of which $76 million will be provided as soft loan from JICA. Out of the remaining amount, $25 million as taxes and fees will be borne by Government of Gujarat and the balance $10 million will be shared by Ministry of Shipping & Government of Gujarat.

09 Feb 2017

Ship Breaking Hazardous Waste Disposed off Safely at Alang Yard

File Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

All the hazardous waste generated in ship recycling at Alang are being disposed off in safe and environmentally sound manner in Gujarat Pollution Control Board authorized Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) site operated by Gujarat Maritime Board. Landfills are constructed as per the Guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board and provided with liner system in bottom which prevents leachate to percolate to the sub-soil. Monitoring of environmental parameters is done by Gujarat Pollution Control Board regularly. Regular health checkup for the workers is also conducted by GMB.

03 Nov 2016

India Backs Ship Recycling Training Program

Image: Mahavir Group

As part of its Coastal Community Development Program under Sagarmala, the Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned Rupees 10 Crore ($1.5 mln) as part of the first instalment to the Gujarat Maritime Board for capacity building and safety training of 20,000 workers involved in the ship recycling activities at Alanag- Sosiya recycling yard in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. The total project cost is estimated to be Rupees 30 Crore over a period of 3 years. The initiative has been identified…

06 May 2016

EU Shipowners Want Progress at Alang Shipbreaking to Be Rewarded

Alang  Ship recycling Yard Photo  NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Ship recycling practices in Alang, India, are gradually improving. The European Commission should acknowledge this positive development under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Adopting an overly restrictive approach will discourage first movers and further delay the entry into force of the IMO Hong Kong Convention. These are the main messages that ECSA took home from a fact-finding visit held last week in Alang, India. The visit was organised in cooperation with the Indian government, the Gujarat Maritime Board and the Ship Recycling Industry Association (SRIA) of India.

28 Apr 2016

Essar Ports Hazira Allows Third-party Cargo

Essar Ports Hazira  Photo Essar

Essar Bulk Terminal Limited, Hazira, a subsidiary of Essar Ports Limited, which is a part of Essar, has received an approval from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to handle 15 million tonnes of merchant cargo over three years. Based on this approval, the Hazira Terminal, in keeping with its design and capabilities, will be able to handle a range of cargo for merchant customers, including dry bulk, liquid bulk, containers and so on. The approval was granted under GMB’s captive port…

18 Apr 2016

India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

Photo: Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB Ports)

India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018. The government of Gujarat has already given an in-principle approval for the establishment of the university. The new Gujarat Maritime University will focus on commercial maritime courses instead of technical programmes that are being offered in over 130 Indian training institutes and the existing Indian Maritime University, say sources.

15 Feb 2016

NGO Slams Shipper but Four Alang Recyclers Go Green

Photo: Ship Recycling Industries Association (India).

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform and Transport and Environment (T&E) have criticized Maersk Group’s decision to beach their end-of-life vessels in Alang, India. But, Four of the 167 ship recycling yards have won compliance status with a global regime that seeks to ensure that redundant ships are disposed of safely and in an environmentally sound manner, says a report in the Livemint. The recycling yards are located on the coast of Alang-Sosiya in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district, the world’s largest stretch of ship-breaking beaches.

26 Oct 2015

ASF Reports Ship Recycling Facilities Improvements in Alang

Courtesy Asian Shipowners’ Forum

The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) visited ship recycling yards in Alang, India this week and took the opportunity to hold dialogue with SRIA, following the first meeting in March this year in Singapore, to exchange views on future actions to be jointly implemented. Purpose of this visit was to get the first-hand look at current status of Indian ship recycling facilities and to confirm actions that should be taken next for achieving green ship recycling. Throughout the visit, the ASF was convinced that advanced recyclers…

30 Jan 2015

Port of Amsterdam, Gujarat Strengthen Cooperation

Pic Courtesy: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam signed a Letter of Intent (Lol) with Gujarat Ports Infrastructure & Development Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Gujarat Maritime Board. The intention is to enhance trade between Gujarat and Amsterdam and intensify existing cooperation. The signing of LoI by AK Rakesh, Chairman of Gujarat Ports Infrastructure & Development Company Limited and CEO and Vice-Chairman of Gujarat Maritime Board and Anthony Van Der Hoest, Commercial Director-Logistics, Port of Amsterdam took place in Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

18 Dec 2014

Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The working and living conditions at the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India, remain alarmingly poor, argues a new study published in the Economic & Political Weekly, an Indian Social Science journal. The research was commissioned and financed by the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) and was coordinated by Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISS’ findings are based on field work in Alang from April 2013 to May 2014 including interviews with 300 shipbreaking workers as well as stakeholders from the industry, trade unions and authorities.

15 Nov 2014

Essar Ports Q2 FY15 Net Profit Up

Essar Ports develops and operates ports and terminals and is one of the largest private sector port companies in India

Essar Ports Ltd. (Essar Ports), part of the Essar, today announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended September 2014. *Revenue for the quarter increased by 1% at Rs. 435.3 crore as against Rs. 431.6 crore during previous quarter (Q1 FY15)and  increased by 7% from Rs. *EBITDA for the quarter increased by 4% to Rs. 361.4crore from Rs. 346.8 crore during the previous quarter (Q1 FY15) and increased by 9% from Rs. *Net Profit for the quarter has increased by 4% to Rs. 96.1crore from Rs. 92.2 crore during the previous quarter (Q1 FY15) and reduced by 1% from Rs.

10 Jun 2014

Bhavnagar Port May Restrict Vessel Arrivals At Inner Anchorage

Bhavnagar Port

During the south west monsoon, the port conservator/port officer of Bhavnagar Port reserves the right to restrict the number of vessels arriving at Bhavnagar Port for loading/unloading purpose in inner anchorage, keeping in view the adverse weather conditon as well as tidal streams for the safety of the port and the vessel. As of now, during fair weather, maximum three cargo vessels are allowed at inner anchorage. Source: Gujarat Maritime Board

30 Apr 2013

Dredging India

Cutter Suction Dredger, Cyrus II of Royal Boskalis.

For enhancing the draft in ports or undertaking major dredging projects, India still relies on foreign dredging giants, a situation not likely to change unless the government comes out with a policy encouraging investment in the dredging industry. European dredging giants continue to make a clean sweep of all major Indian dredging projects, a market condition largely attributed to the lack of an environment conducive to encouraging Indian companies into large scale dredging. In short, there are no parallel “protectionist policies” in place like those that exists in several maritime countries.

21 Dec 2012

Shipbreaking

The new IMO convention on Ship Recycling and the EU Proposal for Regulation of Ship Recycling are being viewed with concern by ship recyclers in Alang, India. If these come into force it is possible this world’s biggest grave yard for ships will have to close down. Alang is considered natures’ gift to the Indian ship recycling industry. Located in Gujarat, on the West coast of India, the shipyards in Alang recycle approximately half of all ships salvaged around the world. Having come into existence in June 1983…

15 Oct 2012

Asia's Biggest Shipbreakers Keep Doors Shut

Alang ship-breakers decide to keep their facilities shut in protest against the arrest of shipbreakers arrested for culpable homicide. Three ship-breakers were booked for culpable homicide after six labourers were killed in a fire on an oil tanker on October 6. Those arrested included the owners of Kiran Ship Breaking Company Ram Krishna Jain and Vipin Jain along with the manager Rajesh Jugud, reports 'The Times of India'. It was the first time that ship-breakers have been booked and arrested under these charges. If convicted, they face a minimum of three years jail and a maximum life imprisonment. Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has sealed off the site of the tragic ship dismantling blaze as their investigation continues. Source: The Times of India

02 May 2012

Asia's Largest Shipbreaking Yard Opposes State Plan

Photo credit Alang Ship Recycling Yard

The Japan-backed ambitious $22-million plan of the Gujarat government to upgrade the Alang Ship Recycling Yard, which is the largest in Asia, has run into rough weather with recyclers finding the project environmentally and financially non-viablle, reports 'The Indian Express'. Alang Ship Recyclers Association has made it clear to the Gujarat Maritime Board that they are not in a position to go for the project that involves construction of a dry dock, improvement of existing plots and creating other facilities.

23 Jan 2006

Controversy Creates Concern for Shipbreaking

A court-appointed panel has questioned French officials and environmental activists over the amount of toxic chemicals in the decommissioned Clemenceau, whose planned scrapping here raised strenuous objections from green groups. The Supreme Court Monitoring Committee has ordered the Clemenceau -- the former pride of the French navy -- to stay out of India's exclusive economic zone until the final report is ready. The committee chairman, G. Thyagarajan, said the body would present its final recommendations to a bench of the Supreme Court by February 13. Thyagarajan said his team was examining whether the Clemenceau, which left the Mediterranean port of Toulon on December 31…

07 Feb 2006

ABG Shipyard Plans to Buy Ship Repair Units

In its bid to cater to the international ship repair demand, private sector shipyard ABG Shipyard is planning to acquire ship repair units in the key shipping routes’ network, including Singapore and China. ABG Shipyard has already acquired a ship repair unit at Fujairah, UAE, for an undiscosed amount. The company is planning to develop Fujairah as a ship repair hub in a phased manner. The company has recently acquired a Canadian shipbuilding equipment facility for $ 5.6 million. According to shipping industry analysts, a vessel with 1,2000 DWT would cost $40 million to $50 million. At present, the company has an order book of Rs 1,700 crore.

01 Oct 2007

Gujarat Finalizing Ambitious Shipbuilding Policy

Gujarat, India’s top maritime state by cargo handled at state-owned ports, is finalizing a shipbuilding policy that has set an ambitious target to grab more than half of the country’s shipbuilding market by 2020, an official at the western state’s maritime regulator said. The state will be the first in the country to have a separate policy on shipbuilding. A draft policy prepared by the government seeks to extend tax holidays to shipbuilding projects for five years. Such projects will also be entitled to the same fiscal and duty benefits as those granted to so-called special economic zone (SEZ) projects of the Union government, said G.R. Jadega, technical adviser to the Gujarat Maritime Board.

08 Oct 2007

Garware Offshore Plans Shipbuilding Yard with Norway Firm

Mumbai-based Garware Offshore Services Ltd., a company that offers ships for oil and gas exploration activities, plans to enter the shipbuilding business by setting up an exclusive facility for making offshore support vessels. This shipbuilding yard will be a joint venture with Norway-based ship manufacturer Havyard Leirvik AS, promoted by Havyard Group AS. Havyard Leirvik is a leader in making offshore ships, ice-breaking ships and other types of specialized vessels. According to the Shipyards Association of India, shipbuilding will entail an investment of about $76.1m by 2017. Reportedly, the venture could be 50:50, though nothing has been finalized.

17 Oct 2007

Dolphin Mulls Shipyard Buy

India's Dolphin Offshore Enterprises (India) Ltd (Dolphin), which provides offshore and onshore integrated services to the oil and gas industry, is reportedly considering entering the shipbuilding market, earmarking investment money for the project and eyeing two existing shipyards for acquisition, according to a report on http://sify.com. Gujarat Maritime Board has already allotted land at Jafrabad in Gujarat and the project will reportedly take off in about two years. Dolphin is considering positioning the greenfield project at the grassroots level to build smaller vessels of up to 100 metres (1,000-1,200 tonnes). (Source: http://sify.com)

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