Category Archives: Shipping

GST for sea transport should be reduced to 12%: Essar Ports

According to Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Essar Ports, “Our Prime Minister’s vision of making India – A Global Manufacturing Hub and becoming US$ 5 trillion economy, will be one of the key objectives of the upcoming budget. Ports will play a pivotal role in achieving this objective and the budget should also focus on increasing the contribution of Ports sector to the country’s GDP. Ports is a significant driver of EXIM trade hence it becomes necessary to keep logistics cost low to encourage exports. Indirect taxes on port services has increased to 18% GST as industries like Thermal Power Plants, Fertilizer and Refineries are needed to pay higher logistics and manufacturing cost (on account of no GST Credit) for their raw material movement like Coal, LNG and Crude Oil, POL etc. This is impacting the competitiveness of sea transport as an option as compared to rail and roads that are less environment friendly modes of transport. Hence, GST for sea transport should be reduced to 12% for more sustainable benefits.” Presently, PPP Projects and Major Port Trusts compete for cargo at Ports, which leads to conflict of interest. It is important that Major Ports should act as enablers with PPP projects driving the growth. To further strengthen the current position of the industry players, it is critical for ports to be given enough autonomy and decision making power to stay ahead in terms of modernisation and technological enhancements.Mechanized berths, sufficient stockyard and multimodal evacuation systems for fast turnaround of vessels are key enablers for productivity and efficiency of Ports & Terminals. To achieve this, investments will be required in dredging, developing adequate civil infrastructure and securing land along …

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India strengthens cargo handling capacity of Chabahar Port, supplies 2 mobile harbour cranes to Iran

India has put one step ahead towards the aim of developing infrastructure of Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar; supplied a consignment of two Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHC) to Iran’s Chabahar port, with a total contract value of over US$ 25 million under a contract agreement for supply of 6 MHC. The consignment of cranes arrived from Marghera port, Italy has been unloaded successfully on January 18, 2021 at Chabahar port and presently undergoing trials run. With 140 metric tonnes lifting capacity, multipurpose equipment and accessories like Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHC) will enable India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) to provide seamless services for container, bulk and general cargo at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar. The bilateral contract between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of India was signed on May 23, 2016 with a total value of US$ 85 million ‎for equipping, mechanising and starting operations at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar development Phase- I. To achieve this ambitious aim, an SPV namely India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) Mumbai was incorporated under the ambit of the Ministry of Ports, ‎Shipping and Waterways. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, stated, “Chabahar Port is a strategic port with great national importance. The delivery of consignment of heavy equipment, including cranes shows India’s commitment to the strategic connectivity of Chabahar port project that will provide access to markets in Central Asia. Development of Chabahar port is the anchor for the expansion of economic and mutual relations between India and Iran and it will give a further boost to the maritime trade between both the countries. The location of Chabahar Port has strategically advantage and high potential to provide connectivity among India, …

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Essar Ports record revenue of 36.5 MT of cargo handling from April to Dec 2020

Essar Ports had clocked a cumulative revenue for 36.5 million tonnes (MT) of cargo handling for the nine months ending December 2020, led by demand in power and steel industries and as the economy finds green shoots ahead of the world’s largest ever vaccination drive to fight the C-19 pandemic. For the three months ending December 2020, the company has sustained revenues for 12.7 MT, same as the previous quarter, as it tries to overcome challenges posed due to the C-19 pandemic era. “Essar Ports’ growth trajectory has continued despite facing several challenges during the entire year. Our cargo handling performance over the nine months is a testament of how Ports play a pivotal role to keep economic engines running and their key role for an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. We now look forward to a post Covid era now that India embarks upon one of the largest vaccination drives of the world. We expect a bounce back in the economy and revival of demand in next few months,” said Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports Ltd.

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Adani Group to invest in Colombo Port terminal: Sri Lankan President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka has informed that 49 per cent of the investment in Colombo Port will come from the Adani Group and other stakeholders in developing a container terminal at the strategically coveted Colombo Port. President Rajapaksa was addressing representatives of the Port’s worker unions, amid their persisting resistance to any foreign involvement in the proposed project to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT). “The ECT will not be sold or leased,” he assured them, adding that the foreign investments would cause no harm to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty or independence, according to a statement issued by the President’s office. The development comes a week after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to Colombo, during which he reportedly urged the Sri Lankan side to expedite finalising the deal. While 66 per cent of the transhipment business at the terminal is linked to India, New Delhi’s strategic interest in having a presence at the Port, located along one of the world’s shipping lanes, is no secret. However, Sri Lankan port trade unions were not convinced with the proposal of Indian multinational company Adani Group and its partners buying 49 per cent stake in the Eastern Container Terminal (ETC) of Colombo Port, the trade unions says a day after President Rajapaksa met them to explain the need for foreign funding.

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JNPT handles 459,920 TEUs in December’20, ends the year on a high note

Recording the last 20 months highest container volume handled in a month, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), handled 459,920 TEUs in the month of December 2020. The container traffic increased by 9.90 per cent over the same month of last year and the overall traffic grew by 10.04 per cent to 6.37 million tonnes from the 5.79 million tonnes handled in December 2019. Also, in rail operations the port handled a record 556 rakes in December 2020. The average monthly terminal handling time of trains improved to 4:42 hours in December from 6:18 hours in September. The average monthly turn-around time of trains (from placement to removal of trains) also reduced to 9:35 hours in December from 13:34 hours in September. In the calendar year 2020, the total container traffic handled by port is 4.47 million TEUs, with APM Terminals Mumbai (GTI) handling 1.69 million TEUs, DP World NSIGT – 0.77 million TEUs, DP World NSICT – 0.64 million TEUs , JNPCT – 0.56 million TEUs and BMCT handled 0.81 million TEUs. Overall traffic handled in the CY 2020 was 62.32 million tonnes including Liquid and other cargo. Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT says, “CY 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us but we can look back with a certain degree of satisfaction on what we did to keep JNPT up and running and help maintain the supply of essential goods and trade flows critical for the country. I am thankful to all our stakeholders and employees for lending a helping hand as the team effort helped us sail through the pandemic and credit is also due to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways for the …

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Shipping Corporation of India to collaborate with Inland Waterways Authority to start coastal services

In a bid to commence coastal shipping services, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will collaborate with Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI). The coastal shipping activities will be undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary – Inland & Coastal Shipping. “We will announce a collaboration with IWAI very soon. We are commencing coastal shipping operations,” says HK Joshi, SCI, Chairman and Managing Director. Inland & Coastal Shipping, a Kolkata-headquartered company, is likely to start its operation on national waterway-1, the stretch from Varanasi to Haldia on Ganga river. Coastal shipping accounts for only two per cent of the country’s freight movement. SCI has interests in various segments of the shipping trade, and its fleet includes bulk carriers, crude oil tankers, container vessels and passenger-cum-cargo ships. At a time when exporters are facing a shortage of containers, Joshi emphasised the importance of making the country self-reliant in terms of its availability.

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DP World Chennai adds China-East India service, develops direct connectivity to China/South East Asia

In a bid to enhance connectivity to South East Asia and China, DP World operated Chennai Container Terminal (CCT) has added a new China–East India Service, ‘CI5 service’. The service is operated by a consortium of five vessel operators – Wan Hai Lines, Interasia Lines, KMTC, Goldstar Lines and BTL. The new CI5 service is the first-ever service from Chennai that will provide direct connection to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia and Kaohsiung, Taiwan and will also offer direct connectivity to key ports of China in Shekou and Qingdao on the East Bound leg. The service started with the maiden call of vessel ‘MV Interasia Heritage’ on January 5, 2021. The vessel arrived from Port Kelang and carried total exchange of 4690 TEUs of which 2685 TEUs were Import and 2005 TEUs export. Inclusion of this service reinforces Chennai Port’s position as South India’s major trade gateway with state-of-the-art facilities and best-in-class infrastructure to effectively serve growing needs of the trade. MV Interasia Heritage is one of the six 4250 TEUs capacity vessels which will call the DP World Chennai terminal. Capt. R. Venkatesh, CEO, DP World Chennai, welcomed the partners of the new service and reiterated the terminal’s efforts to render world-class customer service and to deliver best-in-class operational performance. The new service will allow customers to connect their cargo efficiently with better frequency and service coverage as well as boost the growing trade between China / South East Asia, and East coast of India. P. Raveendran, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, says, “We welcome the new service and look forward to more customers selecting Chennai as their preferred port of call. By the recent declaration of VRC rebates to vessels engaged …

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MSC announces new direct service from India to West Africa

MSC has announced a new direct service from India to West Africa, the MSC India Africa Service (IAS), effective from week 3, 2021 to enhance its services to customers shipping goods between India and Africa. The MSC IAS will provide a direct, fast and reliable service to our clients further demonstrating our commitment to the Indian trade, connecting Northwest and South India to West Africa, with a call at Colombo in Sri Lanka. On the way back, this new service will also connect South Africa directly with the Middle East, Pakistan and India. The rotation of India Africa Service will be as follows with the first sailing MP The Law, ETD Mundra on January 24, 2021: Mundra – Nhava Sheva – Colombo – Port Louis – Tema – Lome – Cotonou – Cape town – Durban – Jebel Ali – Abu Dhabi – Port Qasim – Mundra

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December exports move toward positive territory, record marginal decline of 0.8%: President, FIEO

Reacting to December 2020 export figures, Sharad Kumar Saraf, President, FIEO said that the monthly exports have moved towards positive territory as major export products show signs of further revival as expected. Marginal decline of just 0.8 per cent with US$ 26.89 billion of exports showing signs of revival as order booking position have continuously improved besides more new orders in the offing. He reiterated that the New Year 2021 has brought a ray of hope and optimism for all from the worst of Covid-19 and effective vaccines are expected to bring both life and economy back on growth trajectory with a v-shaped recovery in world trade. Arrival of vaccines have also helped in boosting the business sentiments for the sector as a whole, which can be further seen from the positive figures of the upcoming months said Saraf. FIEO President added that December exports also signals that our traditional and labour-intensive sectors of exports have passed the most challenging and testing times as both Christmas and New Year Season sales have shown positive trends with further improvement in coming months. Going ahead by this trend, we expect our inventories to be liquidated, adding further to the overall demand, observed Saraf. FIEO Chief said that the exports of other cereals along with oil meals, iron-ore, cereal preparations and miscellaneous processed items, jute mfg. including floor covering, handicrafts excl. hand-made carpet, carpet, ceramic products and glassware, drugs and pharmaceuticals, spices, electronic goods, fruits and vegetables, organic and inorganic chemicals, cotton yarn/fabrics/made-ups, handloom products etc., rice, meat, dairy and poultry products, gems and jewellery, mica, coal and other ores, minerals including process, tea and engineering goods showed either a very high or …

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Government sanction Rs3,004 crore project for Paradip Port

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the project Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities including Development of Western Dock on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to handle cape size vessels at Paradip Port. The estimated cost of the project is Rs3,004.63 crore, which includes the development of the new Western Dock on BOT basis and capital dredging by the selected Concessionaire at a cost of Rs.2,040 Crore and Rs 352.13 crores respectively; and Paradip Port’s investment will be to the tune of Rs612.50 crore towards providing common supporting project infrastructure. The decision was taken in CCEA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The proposed project envisages Construction of Western Dock Basin with facilities to handle cape size vessels by the selected BOT Concessionaire with an ultimate capacity of 25 MTPA (Million tonnes per annum) in two phases of 12.50 MTPA each. The Concession period shall be 30 years from the date of Award of Concession. Paradip Port Trust (Concessioning Authority) shall provide the Common Supporting Project Infrastructure works like breakwater extension and other ancillary works to facilitate handling of cape size vessels.

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