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The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: PIB, Govt of India.

Bhutan-Bangladesh Cargo Vessel Flagged Off

The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), India, Mansukh Mandaviya will flag off an inland waterways vessel containing cargo from Bhutan to Bangladesh via Brahmaputra river and the Indo-Bangla Protocol Route today (July 12)."This is a first of its kind movement where an Indian inland waterway is being used for connecting two countries - landlocked Bhutan and Bangladesh,"said a press note from the shipping ministry of India.1000 Metric Ton of crushed stone aggregates…

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Indian Seafarers Employment Soared 35% in 2018

The number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels increased by 35 per cent in 2018 on the back of a series of measures taken in the last four years, said the shipping ministry. "The shipping sector has witnessed an unprecedented growth of 35 per cent in the number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels this year. The figure rose from 154349 in 2017 to 208799 in 2018. Along with this, the number of students placed for on-board training also increased from 14307 last year to 19545 this year…

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Indian Port Enters World’s Top 30 Container Ports List

India's largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), has made its way to the top-30 container ports across the globe.JNPT notched up five spots as per the latest Lloyds Report, to be 28th on the list, compared to its previous ranking," Indian shipping ministry said in a statement.This is a validation of all the efforts and strategic initiatives being implemented at JNPT in order to enhance overall port efficiency, it said.Various new processes activated under the 'ease of doing business' initiative have not only helped in overall growth of the port business…

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Piraeus Port Urges Greece to Speed Up Investment Plan Approval

Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), operator of Greece's largest port, wants the Greek government to speed up the approval of an investment plan that aims to attract more business to one of Europe's largest harbours, executives said on Friday.PPA, majority owned by China's COSCO Shipping , is awaiting the green light from Greece's shipping ministry to proceed with mandatory investments based on its concession agreement with the Greek state.Approval of PPA's so-called master investment plan…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

India Builds National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal

Indian Ministry of Shipping, through its flagship programme Sagarmala, is closely working with Government of Gujarat state and other stakeholders to showcase India's rich maritime heritage through development of a World Class Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) at Lothal in the state of Gujarat.Preliminary work on design elements of the proposed heritage complex has been completed and consultations from experts are now under process. In order to further plan and take the project forward, a one day consultation workshop was held at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya in Mumbai.

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Indian Port Rail Corporation to Begin New Railway Line Project

Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways and state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will enter into a pact tomorrow for implementing a new Indore- Manmad Railway Line Project.The project will be implemented through Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited on joint venture special purpose vehicle (SPV) model."An MoU will be signed tomorrow between JNPT- Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways, Govt of Maharashtra and Govt of Madhya Pradesh for implementation of 362 km Indore- Manmad New Railway Line Project…

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Bangabandhu Satellite to Link 39,000 Ships at Sea

Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the shipping ministry so that Bangabandhu-1 satellite will provide the connectivity to around 39,000 ships in the country in a year. A report in Star Online quoted Md Saiful Islam, managing director of the government-owned company as saying that  this is the first business promise from the BCSCL, is also engaged negotiations with eight other ministries and divisions to provide them connectivity.

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Indian Ports Register 1.78% Growth in April

The major Indian ports collectively recorded a growth of 1.78 per cent during April, handling 56.81 million tonnes of cargo, said the Shipping Ministry. "The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 1.78% and together handled 56.81 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April 2018 as against 55.82  Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year," said a press release from the government. The Nine Ports Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.

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Newest Outpost for US Crude Exports: India

India is set to emerge as a key market for American crude exports in coming months, as refineries in that country are ramping up "test" purchases of U.S. grades to diversify their imports. U.S. exports recently set a weekly record with nearly 2 million barrels of crude a day sent overseas. But shipments to India have been rare, with just a few deliveries since the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports in late 2015. Indian refineries are starting to increase purchases as the country seeks to secure more supply from outside the Middle East. Refiners are testing both U.S.

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing at an exclusive preview of the Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India, in Mumbai on August 08, 2017. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

India Unveils Road Map for Cruise Operations

The Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the Indian government is committed to creating the right environment for promoting cruise tourism in the country. Speaking at Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India - an international conference organized by the Shipping Ministry at Mumbai Port today, he said that India has a huge potential of hosting nearly 40 lakh cruise tourists. Given the right impetus, the number of tourist ships visiting India can go up from the present 158 to about 955 per year.

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing the workshop on “Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India”, in New Delhi on June 27, 2017. Photo: PIB

India to Boost Cruise Tourism

Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari  has said that Cruise Tourism is one of the fastest growing components of the leisure industry worldwide, and  can be a major growth driver for the Indian economy by generating huge employment opportunities. Gadkari was  speaking at the National Workshop on “Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India”, in New Delhi today. The workshop was also attended by Minister of State for  Culture and Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma, and representatives…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India

Indian Waterways Development in Big Way

The ongoing project on national waterways ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a Rs 5,400-crore World Bank funded project on the Ganga, being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 km. The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) between Haldia and Varanasi is being implemented with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank. The shipping ministry has released details about the present status of Multimodal terminal at Varanasi…

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. Photo: Official FB Page

India Proposes New MCA for Port Sector

India's Shipping Ministry on Thursday proposed a new model concession agreement (MCA) to attract more private sector investments in the development of port infrastructure. The proposed MCA will replace the existing agreement which came into existence in January 2008. "The proposed MCA has taken into account the suggestions provided in various reports by Member Planning Commission (2010), Indian Ports Association (IPA-2015) and Kelkar Committee Report (2015)," says a press release from the Ministry.

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India Plans First LNG Facility in Haldia

The Haldia Dock Complex under Kolkata Port Trust has recently earmarked about 10 acres of land in the vicinity of Haldia Oil Jetty No. 1 for a period of 30 years for setting up of LNG storage facilities, with permission to lay pipelines and install unloading arms through tender cum auction. The project will be undertaken on land lease model by granting lease of land by middle of December, 2016. LNG facilities are expected to be developed within 24 months from date of allotment of land.

Ship breaking yard in Alang, Gujarat. Photo captured from Youtube video.

India Invites Comments on Shipbreaking Code Changes

The proposals being considered for modifying the Shipbreaking Code, 2013 include allowing ports to define the location and permitting breaking of larger passenger liners. In pursuance of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in CWP 657 of 1995, in the matter of Research Foundation for Science Vs Union of India and another, Government of India in the Ministry of Steel had formulated and notified the comprehensive code for ship breaking and ship recycling, namely Shipbreaking Code, 2013, vide notification dated 7th March, 2013.

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Ministry for road transport, highways and shipping

India Targets $60 Bln Maritime Investments

Indian Shipping Ministry is targeting to get investments worth $60 billion (nearly Rs 3.99 lakh crore) for a five-year term for 240 projects for the success of the ambitious Sagarmala project. The maiden Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai has resulted in investment commitments of nearly Rs 83,000 crore ($13 billion) in the shipping, ports and allied sectors, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said. The  Summit, aims to promote port-led development by harnessing the 7,500-km coastline, 111 waterways of 14,500 km.

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India to Develop Port in Bangladesh

India is planning to establish a port in Bangladesh, says the Minister for Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. A high-level committee will be sent to the neighbouring country in this regard. "A shipping ministry delegation led by a joint secretary will visit Bangladesh next week to study the site and prepare a detailed project report," he said. A final decision will be taken after the recommendations from the committee, and investment proposals will be finalised only after that. However, a senior official said the proposal is to set up a port at Payra in Bangladesh and a detailed project report is ready.

Marine Services Capt. Nalin Pandey

Indian Merchant Navy Roadshow Targets University Cities

The Maritime Training and Research Foundation (MTRF) in India is unleashing a nationwide roadshow across Indian university cities to ramp up greater awareness of careers within the nation’s merchant navy. The roadshow will visit cities including Dehradun, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai, Poona and Chandigarh. It will see free career guidance given to Indian students keen on working as merchant navy officers across various categories aboard specialized cargo ships. MTRF is promoted by India’s apex shipping trade body - Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA).

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$301 mln Dredging Operation by JNPT

The board of  Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s biggest container port, has approved Rs 2000 crore ($301 mln) dredging operation of the channel between Bombay Port Trust  (BPT) and its own end to facilitate bigger ships docking/berthing at the port premises. Currently, the port with a draft of 14 metres (tidal) is capable of receiving ships that can carry 11,000 containers and on April 1, a ship with 13,900 containers will call on the port reflecting the greater draft capacity. The new proposal is to increase the depth to 15 meter.

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The Ministry of Shipping

Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

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.

Mr Abhishek Chandra, IAS, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Shipping, speaking on the occasion of the Inagural Road Show in Kolkata ahead of The Maritime india Summit 2016

Maritime India Summit Road Show Kick Starts

Kolkata, 3rd Feb, 2016: Industry leaders, corporate heads, policy makers and senior executives took part in the very first road show which served as a run up to the Maritime India Summit’16. Maritime India Summit is being organized by the Ministry of Shipping at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Mumbai. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has kindly consented to inaugurate the Summit on 14 April 2016. This event will comprise of an Investors’ Summit and an Exhibition.

(l to r) Capt Kalia with DGS Deepak Shetty Photo OSI

"Oil Spill India 2016" set for Launch in Mumbai in August

The 4th Edition of Oil Spill India (OSI) 2016 is all set to be launched at the JW Marriot Sahar, Mumbai. Keeping with the current trend and the government policy of "Make in India" the theme selected for this two-day event scheduled for 11th and 12th August 2016 is "Commitment, Synergy, Excellence. For the first time Mumbai will play host to this unique major event “OSI 2016”, whereas the first three editions had been successfully hosted in GOA. In year 2011, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC)…

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Port of Piraeus Privatisation Delayed

The Greek government plans to delay the privatization process for its largest Port, Piraeus, by a few weeks due to delays caused by the September 20 election to the works of the ministries involved in the procedure, reports Reuters. The successful investor was previously expected to be announced by the end of September or in early October. “We will fall behind by about 20 days because the concession agreement that the shipping and finance ministries have to sign is causing a short delay,” an official said.

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MSC India Wins MALA Award

For the 6th consecutive year, the Maritime and logistics awards (MALA) ceremony took place on 4th September at the Leela Hotels, Andheri east, Mumbai. The awards, which were started in 2009 by the Nikhil Modi’s Exim team, are the most prestigious awards for the shipping fraternity in India. All major carriers participate in these awards and are assessed purely on company performance and year on year growth. Winners are selected by a jury comprising VIPs from the Shipping & Logistics Industry. They also have the full support of the Shipping Ministry offices.

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India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels. Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro), Roll-On Roll-Off cum Passenger (Ro-Pax), Pure Car Carriers, Pure Car and Truck Carriers, LNG vessels and Over-Dimensional cargo or Project Cargo Carriers have been relaxed cabotage for a period of five years, a Ministry statement said.

Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo by  National Portal of India

Colachel to Become Major Port

The government of India would soon build a major port at Colachel in the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of $3.2 billion (Rs 21,000 crore), envisaged to emerge as a southern gateway of transshipment in the country, reports PTI. He said that the Government of Tamil Nadu has given its consent to the Centre to facilitate developing the port. The port would be developed in three phases and it would take three years for completing the construction," he said.The minister…