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Maharashtra to Modernize Ports

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal. Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT)

The Indian Government has taken steps to expand and modernise the posts in the state of Maharashtra. The Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya has informed that at present, there are two major ports and 48 minor ports (non-major ports) in Maharashtra. Both the major ports in Maharashtra, Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port are equipped with modern facilities. The infrastructure augmentation & modernization of Major Port is a continual process. Out of the 48 minor ports…

Indian State Maharashtra Unveils New Port Policy

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Photo: Official FB Page

The Maharashtra state government has given approval to its comprehensive Maharashtra Port Development Policy for creating better facilities around 720 km coastal region of the state. A decision to constitute the Maharashtra Port Connectivity Corporation has been taken for development of ports and related projects. The New Port Development Policy 2015 has been planned to synchronise with ‘Make in Maharashtra’ and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policies. Policy covers greenfield ports…

India to Offer Subsidy to Shipbuilders

Indian Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official Facebook Page

Indian Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has said that the Ministry has prepared a scheme to offer subsidy to the shipbuilding industry, says Press Information Bureau of the government. The proposal has been sent to the Cabinet Ministry for approval. The government would open up a sub-centre of maritime university at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra to cater to the three states — Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra — for which JSW has already allotted 200 acres of land.

Anil Diggikar named Chairman, JNPT

JNP Container Terminal

The Shipping Ministry, Government of India has named Anil Udhavrao Diggikar, a Maharashtra cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1990 batch, as the new chairman of the state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). AT present Mr Diggikar is the vice chairman and managing director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp. Ltd. The port will be having a Chairman after a long gap as the port did not have a fulltime chairman even since N.N. Kumar demitted office in March this year.

Dahanu Port to Compete Mundra: Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fdnvis. Photo: Official Page of Devendra Fdnvis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fdnvis has said that the state's proposed port in terms of traffic in Palghar Dahanu district will compete with the port in Gujarat Mundda, reports PTI. "There is natural draught of 20 metres to receive bigger ships. A feasibility study for a satellite port has been completed internally. At present, there is only one big port in Maharashtra — JNPT. The new port will be an alternative to JNPT to decongest ship movement," Fadnavis said. The Dahanu…

JNPT Plans Parallel Port

Image: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

State-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s busiest container gateway near Mumbai, is planning to build a satellite port in one of the three locations that had already been identified--Vijaydurg, Revas-Karanja and Dahanu. According to sources, though JNPT has finally zeroed in on Dahanu, it is willing to take a second look at Vijaydurg as well, just in case the environment lobby in Dahanu becomes too shrill for comfort. The new port will require around 1,000 hectares.

Bharati Shipyard Gets $43.4m Deal

Bharati Shipyard Ltd. (BSL), one of India's private sector shipyards, won a $43.4m deal from Norwegian firm Sea Cargo Skips AS to design and construct two vessels. These vessels are meant to operate between various ports of Scandinavian countries and Britain. BSL owns three shipyards, which are located at Ghodbunder and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and Kolkata. It is in the process of building a greenfield shipyard at Mangalore with a capacity nearly four times higher than the existing yards. Source: India Enews

India Files Pollution Charge after Ship Collision

According to an August 9 report from The Times of India, state environment minister Suresh Shetty has instructed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to register an offence against the staff and owners of both the MV Khalijia 3 and MSC Chitra, which collided off the Mumbai coast on the morning of August 8 and now pose an oil spill threat to the city. The MSC Chitra is tilting at an angle of 75 degrees in the sea and some 250 of its containers-which have hazardous chemicals-are floating off the Mumbai coast. (Source: The Times of India)

Maritime India Summit Attracts $12.5 billion Investment

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping. Photo: Govt of India

The first ever Maritime India Summit in Mumbai has resulted in attracting investments worth Rs 82,905 crores ($12.5 billion), says the Ministry of Shipping. A total of 141 MoUs and Business Agreements were signed by various players in maritime sector including Major Ports, State Maritime Boards and PSUs like Shipping Corporation of India, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Inland Waterways Authority of India etc. Some of the major Indian companies who have signed agreements include the Adanis, Jindal, Vedanta, ESSAR, and Shapoorji Pallonji Company.

India to Develop 78 Lighthouses as Tourism Centers

Image: Kapu Beach Lighthouse

The Ministry of Shipping, along with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) has drawn up an ambitious programme to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The land adjacent to these lighthouses may have hotels…

14 CEZs to Come Up in India Under Sagarmala

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

The Government has identified fourteen Coastal Economic Zones (CEZ) along the coastline of the country under National Perspective Plan (NPP) of Sagarmala Programme. The CEZ are  spatial economic regions spread over multiple coastal districts with strong port linkage. Within each CEZ, there could be multiple industrial clusters that could contain industrial units with requisite support infrastructure. In the state of Gujarat there will be three CEZs - (1) Kandla-Mundra, (2) Pipavav-Sikka and (3)Dahej-Hazira.

India to Add Eight Major Ports

Photo: Port of Visakhapatnam

As part of its aggressive plans for port-led development, Union Shipping and Ports Minister Nitin Gadkari said he is looking to add eight major ports to the already existing 12, according to a report by Press Trust of India. "We are planning to add eight new major ports, including the three already announced - at Wadhwan in Maharashtra, Sagar in Bengal and Colachel in Tamil Nadu," he said. India currently has 12 major ports and three more are being developed, one each in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The total cost of the three upcoming ports is about Rs 25,000 crore.

Dolphin Plans Foray into Shipbuilding

With its greenfield shipyard project yet to receive all necessary clearances, offshore service provider Dolphin Offshore Ltd is in the process of forging alliances with domestic shipyards in a bid to dip into the booming shipbuilding market at the earliest. The company is in talks with three shipyards — two in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra-- to finalize a deal with one of the shipyards within the next two months. In the long run, Dolphin Offshore plans to consolidate its presence in the shipbuilding space by setting up a shipyard in three phases. After completion of the three phases of construction, the shipyard will be capable of dry-docking jack-up rigs, apart from constructing bigger ships.

GAIL to Stop LNG Imports at Dabhol

Dabhol LNG terminal: GAIL

GAIL India is all set to stop LNG imports at the Dabhol terminal in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra from this month as the onset of monsoon will make operations difficult without a breakwater, says a PTI report. The terminal cannot be operated during monsoon in absence of a breakwater which is a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a ship from the force of waves. The terminal will serve as a gateway for entry of natural gas to the southern and western parts of the country.

Indian Coast Guard Pushes for Boat Deal

The Indian Coast Guard is in the process of acquiring a fleet of modern, high-speed boats to patrol sensitive stretches of the coastline. A proposal to purchase 15 boats is expected to come up for approval on Thursday. The proposal is part of the government's ambitious Coastal Security Plan, which envisages a multi-pronged approach by the Coast Guard, Navy and security agencies in the form of marine police stations, outposts and checkposts with high speed boats for more effective patrolling. Sources said the process for getting these high-speed boats with speeds upto 25 knots is likely to take at least six months and the Coast Guard is likely to begin inducting these vessels into their fleet towards the end of this year.

Adani Hazira Port Handles Record Rock Phosphate

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) today said its Hazira port had recently handled a record quantity of rock phosphate of 188,684 metric tonnes, highest amongst any commercial port in single calendar month. With this feat, Adani Hazira Port surpassed Kandla Port’s all time best of handling the similar cargo of 182,748 metric tonnes in June 2012. With this, Adani Hazira port has established a unique position in the handling of rock phosphate on the west coast of India. Rock Phosphate is the key raw material for manufacturing of Phosphoric acid, and Single Super Phosphate fertilizer. This milestone has been achieved due to sustained patronage of the SSP manufacturers and persistence support of the suppliers and traders of rock phosphate and the transporter fraternity.

Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT

Neeraj Bansal appointed Deputy Chairman

The Government of India has appointed Neeraj Bansal as Deputy Chairman of India's largest container port,  Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust with immediate effect. Mr Neeraj Bansal is an Officer of Indian Revenue Servie with around twenty years of experience across the country in Direct Tax Administration, Investigation, Tax-payer Service, Vigilance, Legal & Co-ordination. * LL.B. * Wide administrative experience in the general managerial capacity in handling the Legal, Personnel, Co-ordination…

GAIL Tenders for LNG Cargoes

Pic: GAIL (India) Limited

GAIL (India) Limited has launched two tenders for up to 17 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in western India reports Reuters quoting trade sources. The company is seeking five cargoes for deliveries in October to December at its 5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) LNG terminal at Dabhol in Maharashtra, the source said. In a second tender GAIL is seeking delivery of one LNG cargo a month in 2016 at either Dabhol or Dahej LNG terminal in Gujarat state, the sources said. Petronet LNG operates the 10 mtpa Dahej plant.

PLL to regasify LNG at Dahej

Maharashtra said the LNG pipeline for supplying gas to the beleaguered Ratnagiri power plant would be completed by April this year. Petronet LNG (PLL) has been given the responsibility of procuring 1.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG on spot basis for 'short-term' supplies. Up to September 2009, LNG will be re-gasified by PLL at its Dahej plant in Gujarat and gas would be transported through the pipeline connecting Ratnagiri to Dahej. Gail India is building the 575 km pipeline connecting LNG import terminals owned by Shell and Petronet on India's west coast to the plant at dabhol. The pipeline has been delayed for more than two years because of a legal dispute between GAIL and a contractor and farmers' objections to the use of arable land.

Adani Hazira Container Terminal Hits Record Volume

Containers Operations Photo Adani port

Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd (AHPPL), a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator, recorded a container throughput of 3,02,755 TEUs (Y-o-Y growth of 96% for FY 2015 -16) which is the highest throughput since the inception of the container terminal operations at the port in April 2013. “This is a remarkable achievement by the Adani Hazira Container Terminal TEAM. Our focus will be to provide operational excellence with the highest level of safety and a customer centric approach.

India to Focus on Coastal Shipping

Photo: Directorate General of Shipping

The Indian ministry of shipping unveiled its vision document for Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development on Monday at Dona Paula, Goa at the 16th meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC), reports Times of India. The government will encourage Indian ship owners and operators to acquire roll-on-roll-off vessels, passenger ferries, car and truck ferries and cargo carriers. This is one of the key points that the central ministry of shipping has mentioned in its vision document for coastal shipping, tourism and regional development.

Foundation Stone Laid for New PSA CT in Mumbai

Stone laying ceremony

Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd (which is a subsidiary of PSA International) celebrated the laying of the foundation stone today to mark an important chapter in the development of the fourth container terminal in Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JN Port), India. The ceremony was graced by The Honourable Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping…

Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The Ministry of Shipping

Indian minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari has said port and shipping sector has potential to create nearly 4 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect employment opportunities over the next 5 years. Recalling Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s thrust on port led development, Mr Gadkari said his Ministry has drawn up projects with investment potential of Rs 1,20,000 crores, (US $ 18 billion) which will be showcased at the India Maritime Summit to be held in Mumbai from April 14 -16.

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