Peel Ports, JNPT in Historic Partnership
- (From L to R) Neeraj Bansal, Chairman, JNPT with Peel Ports, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Whitworth at 'The Signing of the Letter of Intent' between JNPT & The Peel Ports Group in Mumbai on June 12, 2015.
- (From L to R) Neeraj Bansal, Chairman, JNPT along with Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways; John Whitaker, Chairman, Peel Group and Mark Whitworth, CEO, Peel Ports at 'Th
At a formal event presided by ShriNitinGadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport,Highways and Shipping in the presence of ShriAnil Desai, Member of RajyaSabhainMumbai, India’s No.1 Container Terminal Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, have today signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool .
This LoI, the first such association between ports in the two countries, was signed byShriNeerajBansal, Chairman JNPT with Peel Ports Chief Executive, Mark Whitworth
Measured by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the UK is already the biggest G20 ‘maker’ in India. Last year the UK invested $3.2 billion in India accounting for almost 10% of all FDI flows into India, more than the second and third largest G20 investors into India combined.
Likewise, Indian companies are amongst the biggest investors in the UK. The innovations developed through these collaborations have hugely benefited both countries.
In 2014, 1.8 million tonnes of goods worth £3.9 billion were exported from the UK to India, with imports of 6.5 million tonnes to a value of £3.3 billion. Container shipping plays a major and increasing role in this trade, especially with initiatives such as ‘Make in India’introduced by the Government of India, to encourage in country manufacturing.
Under the LoI, JNPT and Peel Ports have agreed to foster the exchange of information and expertise on port operations, port management and hinterland connections. They will also develop a series of modules in education and training of port operators, IT systems, traffic and trade between Liverpool and Mumbai.
Union Minister for Shipping, ShriNitinGadkari said “We recognise the importance of the historical bilateral interchange between our two countries as major industrial and commercial partners. There is immense strategic and economic value in our mutual collaboration to propel economic growth in each of our countries. This strategic alliance between these two major ports will drive more efficient movement of goods and will build on our common objective of establishing optimal port performance.”
Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman JNPT said, “JNPT being the premier Container Port of India, carries additional responsibility to bring in more efficiency and economy to the Exim Trade. This new initiative of entering into mutual collaboration with international ports is a path breaking initiative of Ministry of Shipping to create more synergy with the international Port community.
John Whitaker, Chairman Peel Group, was in attendance to witness the signing of the letter, whichformalises a partnership between the two ports to work together to advance bilateral maritime trade between the UK and India.
JNPT currently operates three container terminals, two of which are operated by private companies and a fourth is under construction. The quay wall has already been extended and planning is underway on a major new logistics facility to complement the existing supply chain support available close to the port.
Mark Whitworth, the Chief Executive of Peel Ports, said: “The UK and India are natural partners to collaborate and learn from one another. We are facing many similar challenges in supply chain distribution and connectivity. We look forward to working in partnership with JNPT to assist exporters and importers to get their goods closer to market, while reducing costs, carbon and congestion.”